May 23, 2008 Engine Room Tour
Today we had an opportunity to take a tour of the engine room. The tour was led by 3 of the 4 engineers, Dave (chief engineer), Richard (2nd assistant engineer), and Jerry (3rd assistant engineer).
The engine room is located in the very bottom of the ship. We were first taken down the stairs and into their office where we had a quick overview of the equipment and safety. Then we all put on protective headphones and headed into the very loud and colorful engine room.
Check out all of these cool photos of the different equipment!
Richard shared some really interesting facts about the engine room.
4 Engine Room WOW Facts:
• It has 14 miles of pipe, 500 miles of wire, 3,200 light bulbs, and 1,200 circuit breakers!
• It has a total of 4 engines. When traveling through water only 2 are used at a time, but when traveling through ice all 4 engines are needed for more power. The engineers do switch engines for regular maintenance like oil and filer changes. • It has 4 generators but only 2 are used at a time for supplying the energy for the entire ship. • 7,000 gallons of diesel fuel are used a day during this trip.
AWESOME! – Thanks so much to the engineers for the great tour!