We were requested to conduct a marine thermal imaging survey aboard a Royal Navy vessel which had recently undergone a refit and overhaul. The survey comprised an electrical survey of the main electrical systems and also a survey of the engine room equipment to identify any surfaces which exceed 220°C to comply with SOLAS regulations.
The survey was carried out by one of our highly experienced electrical thermal imaging surveyors who boarded the vessel at Portsmouth.
The survey was undertaken while the vessel was conducting sea trials in the English Channel so it was an ideal opportunity to inspect the vast majority of electrical systems and controls on the ship.
In total, 13 electrical faults were identified during the course of the survey, 4 of which were classed as critical.
The faults identified included:
Several repairs were able to be actioned during the survey itself and follow up inspection proved that the repair was successful.
During the survey, a fire alarm within the engine room was triggered on numerous occasions. Discussion with the crew allowed our surveyor to spend some time within the engine room to carry out inspection of the engine and exhaust system.
During this inspection the surveyor identified a clear thermal anomaly on the exhaust system on the Port engine. This was highlighted as the suspected source of hot gas which was triggering the fire alarm system.
Further examination of the engine room equipment as planned originally resulted in identification of several areas where surface temperatures exceeded 220°C. SOLAS regulation stipulate this as the maximum allowable surface temperature within vessels as anything over this poses significant risk of fire should a fuel leak or oil leak occur.
Reports for both the electrical survey and engine room survey were issued shortly after returning to dock and the client confirmed that the exhaust leak was indeed the cause of the fire alarm activations.
"Can you pass on our thanks to Mark Pedersen at Pixel Thermographics for not only stepping in at short notice but understanding and accepting the problems relating to the ship. Their patience whilst the problems continued has been fantastic and the level of service and quality of documentation received was of a very high standard"
Project Engineer - BAE Systems