Diesel engines specialist Royston has supported and completed the overhaul and maintenance of a range of engine components for a platform supply vessel (PSV) undergoing a scheduled service at Babcock’s Rosyth facility.
A change in operating schedules for the E.R. Georgina required a fast four day turnaround of 24 sets of cylinder heads, piston and connector rod assemblies and bottom end bearing bocks that had been removed from the vessel as part of the maintenance of its Rolls Royce Bergen engines.
The on-board engine service work was carried out by the ship’s crew alongside Rolls Royce and Babcock engineers. The parts requiring maintenance and repair were delivered to the specialist Royston diesel engineering workshops in Newcastle, where the engineering team carried out the inspection, service and maintenance of all the components.
The work specifically involved the inspection and pressure testing of 18 cylinder heads and the complete overhaul, cleaning, measurement and rebuilding of a further six.
Full cleaning, inspection and crack detection was carried out on the piston and con rod assemblies, and the bottom end blocks, before all parts were fully recalibrated to the required specifications.
The Royston workshop team who completed the E.R. Georgina work was headed by a former Rolls Royce engineer who had been factory trained on its marine engines. In the circumstances, this specialist expertise and knowledge helped to ensure that the delivery deadline was successfully met.
Simon Richardson, operations manager at Royston, said, “Platform supply vessels are specialized high-tech ships and command valuable day rates. In the event we were able to complete all the work in four days and return the fully renewed parts to enable the vessel so that it was ready to resume operations.”