Exploding battery

Yesterday one of our Scania start batteries exploded when I started the engine, which was not nice. Removing them from the ship was also not nice – they sure were heavy. Anyway, the Accu company Van Andel ran a check on the remaining batteries and we replaced most of them as their start capacity was also very much reduced (batteries were between 7 and eight years old).

The following batteries were replaced

  • Main engine (Scania) start batteries: 2 times 180 ah (were 240 ah, but 180 ah is more manageable)
  • Bow thruster (DAF) start batteries: 2 times 120 ah
  • Lister generator start battery: 1 Redtop

The 920 ah main battery bank was seen to be in good health.

New bridge

In August 2013 we had to rebuild the bridge to the ship as the old wooden stairs were showing signs of serious fatigue and guests did not like the open approach. Luckily, I managed to get my Brother Howard to design and fabricate the steel construction that has been operational for the last seven years.

New main engine cooler

The original cooling for the Scania was managed by a ‘milk cooler’ which occupied a lot of room in the engine room. However, the trigger for replacing the cooling system was the rust damage inside of the cooler box. The photo gallery below shows the work performed by Het Anker in October 2012.