Repairs of overheating comleted
Repairs to the propeller shaft, ball bearings and oil seals of the "Voyage Symphony", which were damaged when its engine got overheated causing the engine to be shut down, were completed in Gogha, Bhavnagar, and subseuquent trials were successful. An official of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) was present during the sea trials. The ferry was to resume operations in Gulf of Khambhat on Dec 14. Actually the ship was anchored off Gogha in pos. 21° 40.74' N 072° 17.66' E. An investigation had revealed that a piece of plastic had been sucked into a pipe causing the engines to overheat.
Piece fo plastic disabled ferry
A piece of plastic, which got stuck in one of the pipes that supply seawater for cooling vital parts of the “Voyage Symphony”, had caused the brand new vessel to stall mid-sea with over 400 passengers in Gujarat’s Gulf of Khambhat on Nov 21. A piece of plastic used to wrap a mixture of areca nut, betel leaf, slaked lime and tobacco got sucked into the pipe that supplies water at a high pressure. The diameter of the pipe had already shrunk due to mud depositions. Water could not reach the shaft and the ball-bearings located towards the rear-end of the vessel. Engines were under pressure to rotate the shaft and so the alarms went on. In absence of water, the shaft and the bearings got damaged and all the oil seals got burnt. It was beyond anybody’s control. On Nov 27, the damaged shaftwas removed from the vessel, which was berthed at Ghogha terminal at Bhavnagar. Apart from replacing the damaged parts of the vessel, the authorities were also changing the position of the lifting the sea water for the shaft to avoid that the issue might get repeated. The ferry was currently undergoing repair work at Bhavnagar, and will become operational only by Dec 7. The Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) also inspected the vessel and has the analysis that was conducted to ascertain the cause for heating up of the vessel’s engines. Senior people from China inspected the vessel too. Before the operations begin again, the IRS will be inspecting the vessel and will also be conducting a trial run. Report with photo: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/ferry-service-likely-to-begin-by-dec-7-plastic-wrapper-stalled-ro-pax-ferry-mid-sea-5466214/
Ferry towed to port after engine overheated
The "Voyage Symphony", which started sailing between Ghogha in Saurashtra and Dahej in south Gujarat in October, suffered an overheated engine while enroute to Dajej and was disabled in the afternoon of Nov 21, 2018, after the master decided to stop the engine for safety reasons. The ferry was carrying 461 passengers and 114 vehicles at the time of the incident. It was safely towed to Ghogha by tugs after having been adrift for about one hour three miles off the port. Technicians were now carrying out an inspectiotn of the engine to find out the cause of the trouble. Along with the company, the GMB also carried out an inspection of the ship before giving allowing to resume the operations. Operator Indigo Seaways Pvt Ltd. cancelled the two remaining trips for the day and accordingly informed the passengers, who had already done bookings.Upload News