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A slow speed marine engine,probably a B&W under construction at Kincaid,s.
· Date: Thu, 1 January 15 · Views: 1,007
· Tags: 1 · Filesize: 141.0kb, 131.0kb · Dimensions: 637 x 900 ·
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A.D.FROST

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Registered: September 2008
Location: Sunderland by the Sea
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Fri, 2 January 15 03:33

Kincaid-B&W 1284-VT2BF-180 27600 bhp NAESS ENTERPRISE(two more built for South Korean owned GOLD STAR and KING STAR by the time they went for scrap SK was the world largest SB)
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gordy
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Registered: April 2008
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Fri, 2 January 15 18:22

I think it's running.
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Iain Crosbie
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Registered: December 2005
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Mon, 5 January 15 14:36

Amazing to think of all the 'temporary' connections that would have to be made to test this thing. Must have been a considerable cost to assemble, test, dismantle and rebuild in the ship over and above the actual cost of the castings/forgings etc required for the engine itself. Why can't we make this stuff any more?
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Joe Freeman
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Registered: January 2007
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Mon, 5 January 15 20:12

This appears to be typical of most of the engine shops on the Clyde. Excess material cluttering the floor crap everywhere. The long wooden ladder from the bottom to the top platform with no safety rail, this was a common practice in the shipyards, one down and one up and everyone scrambling round like monkeys. No wonder we lost out to Japan, Korea and China when you see how organized and clean their engine shops are, granted their machine tools are of the most modern available whereas the Clydeside yards were all pre World War 11 or eve WW1. with hand made tools and wrenches.
I am quite sure if the initiative were there by the government Britain could easily rise to the challenge.
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Iain Crosbie
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Sun, 18 January 15 13:56

They (oriental yards) aren't perfect either Joe. There was a programme on recently about a very large Maersk ship being constructed in a (Korean?) yard. The Maersk blokes were constantly harping on at the yard people to erect safety rails, remove cables etc. The orientals couldn't quite get their heads around some of this stuff, wondering why anyone would even think about falling over the edge! Another interesting part was where the huge engine wouldn't fit through the access hatch, so they had to resort to burning gear to cut away platforms etc to allow the engine to be fitted. Measuring a hole is fairly basic stuff after all!
It will always be easier to run an efficient industry when you are starting from scratch with easy finance and can choose the best locations, tools and staff rather than making do and mending with things and attitudes inherited from previous generations.
I'm with you when it comes to a lack of initiative by government: it seems that for too long we have been programmed to rely on whizz kids in suits shuffling paper around to provide for our country's future, whereas the current powerful economies tend to make stuff everyone else wants- just like we used to.
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peter hogg
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Thu, 9 July 20 16:57

Uninterested Government who never understood heavy engineering, crusty old management who were set in their ways, who had a total disregard of what others were doing. Add this to lack of investment, belligerent stubborn unions, we never stood a chance.
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