Health Check approach for on board preventative maintenance
Marine electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine has developed a new service that the company claims is already delivering higher cost-savings and less downtime via proactive preventive maintenance to vessels’ electrical systems.
The Alewijnse Health Check Service delivers preventive maintenance inspections on either an on-demand or on a contract basis to vessels of all types.
By identifying and replacing components that may about to fail, become obsolete, or approaching their end of life, unscheduled and unwelcome downtime or expensive call-outs can be avoided by ship-owners and operators. This Health Check service is already being successfully applied to the pilot vessels Polaris, Pollux and Procyon operated by Nederlands Loodswezen, as well as a number of luxury yachts and naval vessels that have requested health checks ahead of the summer season or long-term missions.
Alewijnse Service Coordinator Rutger Boonstra explains: "Using visual inspections, measurements and thermographic recordings, we survey the condition of electrical installations for technical duration and safety and can advise on replacement. This increases the financial predictability of the work, ensures maximum lifetime and performance, and lowers operational costs for vessels in a safe, reliable and sustainable way."
"We have a wide range of tools and techniques available. For example, with a Megger test we can measure the resistance of insulating material to check its effectiveness, and so prevent accidents such as short circuits or electric shocks. For thermographic inspections we use a special infrared camera to check if components are giving off too much heat. If they are, we can propose measures that will prevent the wasteful use of energy and also reduce the risk of damage to and failure of the electrical systems.
The Health Check inspections are part of Alewijnse's integral life cycle management concept, which works with the group’s customers to delivers competent service and maintenance services during the vessel’s entire life cycle, and so minimise total lifetime costs.
By Jake Frith
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