22 May 2019

Project 'DNF' - No.5 Refit

This morning suffered from what could be best described as staff shortages, however, once the dredger guys had completed their tasks, the afternoon proved to be more productive.

With the arrival of the aluminium tread plate for the engine cover ventilation hatches, the holes could be cut in the cover over which they will fit.  A locking mechanism is required to fix them in place when not in use, a design is done, but that is an action for next time.

Like any project, detail matters surface once the major jobs are complete.  In this case, it was a matter of how Annette 2 is secured to No.5 when in use.  Certain issues concerning the retention of the moorings during operation directed us to mount a new piece of 'I' section steel which could be used both as a lashing and also double as a rest for when the engine cover has been slid open.
Also during the day, some time was spent checking hydraulic line pressures and the response of the controls to movement.  We have an area to address relating to the behaviour of the boom and jib when commanded to move together.