Five questions for Mustafa Göktas

Jan 2017

China5 How long have you been working for   AEGIR-Marine?
 “I’ve been working for AEGIR-Marine for  two years now as a propulsion  engineer."

 What was your last engineering job?
 “I just returned from an extensive job propulsion job in Shanghai, China. I  spent two weeks there on a big shipyard. The vessel was a fifteen year  old bulk carrier, which needed a complete overhaul of the oil distribution  box (OD), the controllable- pitch propeller (CPP), the stern seals and  shaft installment.”

Can you be more specific?
“Our job was to remove and restore the shaft of the vessel together with the CPP, OD box and sealbox. The OD box leaked quite substantially and was disassembled and inspected. New seals were installed, and everything was checked for cracks and tolerances. The seals in the OD box came out in pieces, so no wonder it leaked. The propeller shaft had to be machined and we completely overhauled the CPP. We took it apart and inspected it for damages and wear. We replaced al necessary parts, checked for tolerances and put it all back together.”

A challenge?
“Certainly, the OD box is huge and weighs about 7.5 tons. Not something one easily removes from the engine room. This vessel has a two stroke engine and does not have a gearbox, it therefore needs a large OD box. Everything on it is heavy and big, which makes moving it and working on it more challenging.

Another challenge was the language. There was one guy who spoke a little English, but all others didn’t. I worked in China before, but most of the time with English speaking shipyard personnel. Communication was unavoidably limited to drawing what you need and explaining with hand gestures. Also, their perception on how things should be done is different. So sometimes you get frustrated because you cannot get your instructions across. Which adds to the challenge. However, what did strike me was their capability to create tools and equipment. The shipyard crew did this very professionally. When I needed a support bracket, I drew for them what I wanted and they made a professional and very well-functioning bracket.

The third challenge was maintaining our planning. Due to the changing weather conditions, the dock was still full and I had to wait for four days in my hotel. And all this around the Christmas holidays and New Year. A time most people would want to spend with their family.”

But you managed?
“This type of OD box, and also the stern seals are not very common. I think for every professional a challenge and a chance to learn new things is a nice experience. That keeps you going. And yes, we managed. Leaving yet another satisfied customer.”

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