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TCM fleet to use SKF marine condition monitoring kit

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Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) is the first Greek shipping company to equip its whole fleet with SKF Marine Condition Monitoring kits. TCM will equip its whole fleet with SKF’s condition-based maintenance solution in order to prevent unexpected equipment failures and reduce costs across its 70 ships.

TCM’s aim was to stop unexpected failures in critical machinery, minimising their impact on associated components, as well as ensuring the reliability of fleet operations. SKF engineers together with the local Authorised Distributor visited TCM’s facilities to discuss their specific needs and define which machines should be regularly monitored. In turn, this led to a customised version of the Marine Condition Monitoring kit that was tailored to TCM’s requirements.

“Ensuring equipment reliability is amongst our standing objectives and in this regard condition monitoring is a very useful tool. At the same time, we need to maintain a consistently high standard of condition monitoring expertise on every ship with a workforce that rotates between ships. Thus, it is important to have a simple to use instrument to monitor the condition of critical auxiliary machinery”, stated Dimitris Psaradakis, Technical Manager of TCM SA.

The SKF Marine Condition Monitoring kit is a hand-held instrument, equipped with predefined machinery models and clear quality work instructions, to ensure that TCM engineers have a reliable on the spot assessment of a machine’s condition, for each vessel.

SKF’s condition-based maintenance programme for TCM fleet provides help in preventing unexpected failures in critical machinery as well as providing early indication of possible problems in auxiliary machinery. The customised instrument of monitoring and reporting provides specific data as to which tasks need to be performed and when, enabling on-board engineers to perform maintenance activities and replace components at the right time.

Ole Kristian Joedahl, Sales and Marketing Director, Industrial Market, commented: “The marine industry is a key segment for us and one in which we see significant potential. By giving operators access to data that helps them prioritise their maintenance work, our solutions directly support them in preventing unexpected failures and reducing their overall operating costs.”

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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