21 September, 2018

Improved condition monitoring ahoy

30 October, 2015

SKF’s condition monitoring solutions will help Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement SA in preventing unexpected equipment failures and cut costs across its fleet of 70 ships.


SKF has initiated a condition-based maintenance programme for Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) fleet that has the potential to cut costs and decrease maintenance. The detailed maintenance programme enables a range of benefits, from preventing unexpected failures in critical machinery to providing early indication of possible problems in auxiliary machinery.

The customised instrument of monitoring and reporting, supplied by SKF, 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.

TCM ordered SKF Marine Condition Monitoring kits to equip its whole fleet with this basic condition-based maintenance solution. The kits were delivered through a local SKF Authorised Distributor in Piraeus. TCM has reportedly been the first Greek shipping company to equip its whole fleet with this condition monitoring solution.

Preventing unexpected failures

Ole Kristian Joedahl, sales and marketing director industrial market at SKF, said: “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.”

TCM decided to go to the next step on the maintenance level, adopting advanced condition based maintenance practices. The target was to prevent unexpected failures in critical machinery, minimising their impact on associated components, as well as ensuring the reliability of fleet operations.

Standing objectives

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. Dimitris Psaradakis, technical manager of TCM SA, commented: “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.”

Customised solution

SKF came up with a customised version of the Marine Condition Monitoring kit, adapted to the customer’s needs. The SKF Marine Condition Monitoring kit is a handheld instrument, equipped with predefined machinery models and clear quality work instructions, to make sure that TCM engineers have a reliable on the spot assessment of a machine’s condition, for each vessel.

The SKF Marine Condition Monitoring kit offers a quick and easy solution to monitor the condition of critical auxiliary machinery. In fact, even a non-trained user can understand the results of vibration data measurements and locate the source of the fault in the machinery.




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