BCF putting nozzles on Quinsam this summer
Work will be conducted on Saturday nights on the MV Quinsam, as the four Right Angle Drives (RADs) are modified.
Darin Guenette, Communications representatives with BCF said, “one RAD will be removed for adjustment each week on Saturday nights, tentatively starting July 14th”
A spare RAD is available in the BCF system and will be used as a substitute as each RAD is taken out for modification.
The removed RADs will be taken in to the BCF shop were a nozzle will be installed.
The RAD will then be reinstalled on Quinsam the following Saturday.
While the process will have to happen four times (for the four drives) it may not happen over four consectutive weeks.
Darin said, “there is no expectation for this to affect service.
“If required, the vessel can operate on three RADs without issues.”
Darin added the idea behind putting nozzles on the RADs is to provide greater thrust from the propulsion system. This will then allow for a lower engine speed, saving on fuel.
“More thrust for less effort means the same performance while saving fuel,” Darin said.