Originally Posted by turbines48
I'll take steam any day. I went to sea as a tourist to see the world...not to be a grease monkey in every port. Sailed mainly WWII built C-2 and T-2 and never experienced a breakdown at sea. A few boiler repairs here and there but nothing we couldn't handle and still make "happy hour" at the localbar. Only twice had a tube failure at sea...slowed down to 60 RPM, waited for the boiler to cool down enough to enter, insert plug and fire her back up.
As port engineer I remember setting up repairs for the firecrackers every trip..if not for the mains then the generators or the coolers or the purifiers or the automation (otherwise they wouldn't start).
My big question is...if diesels are so efficient why do you need boilers to run them?
If diesels are so economical... do Sulzer and MAN give you all those parts for free because you sure seem to need a lot of them!
Sorry turbines48, Don't understand your question " if diesels are so efficient why do you need boilers to run them?