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BE AWERE OF COPIED SPARE PARTS.

In the last couple of years, engine parts and other ship supplies has increased in prices significantly more then in other areas ashore. Together with high fuel prices and lower tourist flow for passenger ships, has forced ship owners and repair shops to look for cheaper spares in countries with low labor cost. The result of can be a major disaster. Original parts made in the countries where Engines and other machinery was manufactured, is badly copied by this countries as they are missing the testing result and specific drawing of originals. The result can be serious brake downs with loss of revenue, maybe even ships charter. This also means problems like loss of employees jobs and severe increase of work load for ships crew.  As a formal warning to all Engineers, Marineserv Ltd. like to give an suggestion to reduce the risk of this happening to your ship, on this page.

Also we welcome other ships Engineers experiance and advices on our discussion forum. We hope that this will help avoiding serious engine brake downs and save employers huge cost, and many crew's jobs at the same time.

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SUGESTION OF SPARE PART HANDLING.
We recommend all Chief Engineers to keep a good record and watch carefully all new spares and engine parts received. The possibilities are that the parts is copied and has slightly different measures then the original. This can not be spotted by sight, but by measure all new arrived parts up against original parts. 0.10 of 1 mm can be fatal for your engine. We have also discovered that some pistons have been metal sprayed to compensate for ware. After a while this metal will loose from piston surface and goes between piston and liner, with catastrophic results.

We suggest all original parts to be measured carefully, especially complete pistons and liners, but also piston rings, bearings and other parts. Then keep this record and compare with all new received parts. Also keep record of suppliers and if it is recondition or not. Some of reconditioning methods used today are directly dangerous.


TOTALLY BROKEN PISTON AND JAKET COOLING OF PIELSTIK ENGINE .
 
Below is a result of un-original piston copy, with lube oil bore of 9 mm instead of 15 mm!

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