Maritime Engineering Journal
Canada’s Naval Technical Forum
The Maritime Engineering Journal (MEJ) has been the principal publication of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Technical Community; this community includes past and present serving members of the Royal Canadian Navy and Public Servants. Since 1982, the MEJ provides unclassified discussion surrounding naval technical challenges, naval history, and human interest stories from within the Naval Technical Community.
It has been 50 years since a devastating gearbox explosion occurred on board the Restigouche-class destroyer escort HMCS Kootenay (DDE-258) on October 23, 1969 – 50 years of remembrance, 50 years of technological evolution,
An inherent danger in combatting a serious machinery space fire is the unknown – not knowing what you don’t know. There is the assumption that current training and equipment will suffice, if and when the requirement arises.
Allan ‘Dinger’ Bell’s story is tough to listen to. Even now, nearly six months after interviewing the 71-year-old Kootenay survivor in Halifax, I can barely bring myself to play the tape.
In late 2018, HMCS Halifax (FFH-330) identified a gap in the capability of ship’s staff to safely reach certain pieces of equipment at the extremities of the mast to perform maintenance or repair without the use of a crane and bucket, or scaffolding.
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