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STCW Competence Knowledge, Understanding, and Proficiency

Operate main and auxiliary machinery and associated control systems

OICEW-A4.3 Preparation, operation, fault detection and necessary measures to prevent damage for the following machinery items and control systems:

.1 Main engine and associated auxiliaries

.2 Steam boiler and associated auxiliaries and steam systems

.3 Auxiliary prime movers and associated systems

.4 Other auxiliaries including refrigeration, air- conditioning and ventilation systems

Condition Behavior Standard

On a motor vessel of at least 1,000 HP, on a simulator, or in a laboratory,

the candidate assists in starting a main propulsion diesel engine, describing the actions as they are being performed.

Note 5

A candidate who does not perform this task will receive an endorsement that is not valid for motor vessels.

The candidate:

  1. Checks on the cooling water and associated equipment:

    a. Checks all valves to ensure system is lined up for operation;

    b. Starts motor-driven cooling-water pump, if necessary;

    c. Ensures systems have adequate pressure and flow;

    d. Vents cooling-water heat exchangers, using the vent cocks or vent valves on the heat-exchanger shells;

    e. Re-checks water level in freshwater expansion tanks for adequacy; and

    f. Verifies above actions are indicated on the control panel;

  2. Checks on lube-oil system;

    a. Checks that all valves and pumps are lined up for proper operation;

    b. Ensures cooling-water system is on line and operational;

    c. Checks sump level for adequate supply;

    d. Checks all necessary temperatures and pressures for normal operating conditions; and

    e. Verifies above actions are indicated on control panel;

  3. After obtaining permission from the bridge, checks for open indicator cocks and rotates engine on engine-turning gear;

  4. Checks indicator cocks for water and disengages jacking gear;

  5. Checks on the air system:

    a. Ensures all tanks are charged;

    b. Checks valves to ensure system is properly lined up;

    c. Ensures compressors are properly lined up and ready;

    d. Checks associated systems (reducers and dryers) for proper operation and flow; and

    e. Verifies above actions are indicated on control panel

  6. Drains start air receivers and start air headers of moisture;

  7. Takes appropriate action to eliminate moisture;

  8. Restores valves and indicator cocks to their operating positions;

  9. Verifies all system indicators and alarm systems for proper operation;

  10. Completes all necessary checks on fuel-oil system;

    a. Lines up and primes fuel system;

    b. Checks to ensure sufficient clean fuel for anticipated engine operation is available;

    c. Starts fuel-oil purifier systems and fuel-oil transfer system in support of vessel power plant operational requirements;

    d. Checks heaters, filters, and pumps for acceptable operation;

    e. Checks all fuel oil heating equipment;

    f. Checks temperatures and pressure for normal operating conditions; and

    g. Verifies that the above actions are indicated on control panels;

  11. Starts engine, following all proper procedures for the type of starting system in use and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, ship’s procedures, and standing orders;

  12. Verifies voice communication, correct time, and Engine Order Telegraph setting with bridge;

  13. Correctly describes actions as they are being performed; and

  14. Takes proper action to prevent safety and pollution violations

MMA Method

In order to satisfy NVIC 17-14 Task 4.2.C , MMA students must:

  • Successfully complete MMA Assessment OICEW-5-1J Prepare main propulsion diesel engine for operation