Ten Commandments Of Distilling Plants
1. Thou shall not attempt to operate both units on one boiler.
2. Thou shall not expect the distilling plants to operate when ship is experiencing boiler problems.
A. The distilling plants require a constant steam supply and will not
operate when there are steam fluctuations.
B. Being able to determine what piece of equipment is causing the
problem, is a must for becoming a good engineer.
3. Thou shall not attempt to shift both distillers to feed water.
A. The plant configuration does not allow for that.
B. Attempting to do so will cause the unit with the weakest distillate
pump to backup and flood out.
4. Thou shall not forget to test condensate drains immediately after unit is started and get them cut into the system.
A. To not do so will cause loss of feed water.
5. Thou shall not attempt to run unit on shore steam.
A. Shore steam is wet and will cut the air ejectors nozzles.
B. Shore steam is not constant and will cause the plant to operate
6. Thou shall not attempt to operate a evaporator unless you have excellent knowledge of the gear.
A. To do so will cause delays in getting gear up and running.
B. Danger to yourself and others.
C. Water hours.
7. Thou shall strive to make proper repairs to the distiller as needed and soon possible.
A. Failure to do so will cause problems further down the road.
B. Temporary repairs will come back to haunt you.
8. Thou should strive to ensure that each evaporator is operating at peak performance.
A. Failure to do so will cause the dreaded words, passed by the XO,
right after securing from sea detail "Water Hours".
B. You will not have to be the blunt end of water jokes in the chow line.
9. Thou shall remember that each component on a evaporator is very important.
A. It would not be there, if it was not.
10. Thou shall not use anything other than original manufacturer parts.
A. Wrong gaskets cause problems.