AB. The International Marine Contractors Association. Guidance on. Failure Modes & Effects Analyses (FMEAs). IMCA M April AB. IMCA M, Guidelines for Failure Modes and Effects Analyses (FMEA). • IMCA M, FMEA Management. • IMO MSC Circular , Guidelines for Vessels with . IMCA M “Guidance on Failure Modes and Effects Analysis” o. IMCA M “ FMEA Management Guide”. 2 Unless expressly stated in this Guidance document.

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In this case, the effects of the second failure should be determined to ensure that, in combination with the first undetectable failure, it does not result in a more severe failure effect, e.

Please refer to Chapter 3. The specific techniques that are used and the level of detail with which they are applied are dependent on the scope of the study. Two independent automatic control systems are to be provided and arranged such that no single fault will cause loss of both systems, a fault in one causing automatic bumpless transfer to the backup system.

The generator protection and power management systems had no way of identifying the faulty machine although the PMS did generate load imbalance alarms prior to blackout. Severity Class 4 — Minor. Also, additional redundancy in the cooling system was built in later. It should be established what fuses are critical to DP and arrange an alarm to n166 of failure. These will confirm that the system is functioning correctly and that responses to equipment failures are m16 expected.

It is effectively a means of estimating how often each item in the system will fail, usually by using actual failure data gathered in the field, and then calculating how often the whole system will fail. In each case it is beneficial to have the operators or intended operators at the control stations as it is often the case that it is only during the controlled failure testing do they get a chance to witness the effects of various failures.

FMECA techniques, discussed in Chapter 8, can also assist with maintenance by estimating the criticality or failure rate of each part of the system, as well as the failure rate of the overall system, so that the maintenance routines can concentrate on the areas that are less immca.


This additional work will obviously drive up the cost of a project. Generating sets, switchboards and associated equipment are to be located in at least two compartments separated by an A class division and, if located below the waterline, the division is also to be watertight. The arithmetic mean which is the sum of a number of values divided by the number itself.

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Failure Mode and E It was found that the fire detection system had not activated, as the detectors had been sited near the ventilation blowers and had fresh air flowing over them. The examples of common mode failures outlined below are taken from audits on existing vessels and from FMEAs on new vessels or conversions.

Normally, static components such as manual valves and piping systems are not considered to fail provided they can be shown to be adequately protected from damage and reliability is proven.

The switchboard arrangement is to be such that loss of all equipment in a fire and watertight subdivision will not give a total black-out.

Case study – Load sharing imbalance caused loss of position – IMCA

Consequence Class 2 iimca, which are operations where failure of the positioning capability may cause pollution or damage with large economic consequence, or personnel injury; and? Specialists familiar with network design should critically review the appropriateness of a type of network for imac purpose, robustness of the network against damage, the amount of data traffic carried on the network to prevent communication overload, protocol, and so on.

An appropriate FMEA will give an n166 comfort factor that the operation will m1166 performed without problem or risk. Lack of redundancy in the forward cooling system to all thrusters forward gave the possibility that all thruster drives would shut down if the pump m1166. For example, it may be that a vessel is specified to have a Class 2 notation, but is designed to have redundancy over and above Class 2 requirements i. The sections of bus bars would be coupled by two bus tiebreakers one located in each m66 of switchboard.

However, reference systems and thruster systems in particular still give rise for concern. Adding verification or validation controls e. The analysis assumptions and system block diagrams should be included imfa appropriate. Passive components such as cables and pipes are to be located and protected such that the risk of fire or mechanical damage is minimized. But, unfortunately, in the real world this is just not the case, so the top down method is used.


Although the Rules only consist of the minimum requirements, it is the responsibility of the designer to ensure all the safety criteria are met. If the vessel is in the process of design or construction, then the detailed FMEA should run imcca parallel with the design process, with any FMEA testing deemed necessary being integrated into the shipyard sea trials programme. Refer to Chapter 2 Section 2. For example, failure of a flange in a water pipe could cause failure of DP related electronics if the equipment was arranged such that water spray could hit the electronics.

Should a failure in the system remain hidden, with the system not alerting the operator to the failure, and a further failure occurs which has a significant effect on system availability, then this is considered to be only a single failure.

RAM activities also address interfaces between each of the defined activities in the RAM analysis and the design and operation of the system.

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Whilst this did not exceed the worst case failure criteria, modifications were made such that a loss of power would affect only one engine. If the vessel is an existing operational vessel, FMEA testing is carried out in much the same way during down times between contracts.

Ideally, the FMEA imcw be initiated at as early a stage in the design process as possible, and then run in parallel with the design phase. Correct system wiring is confirmed or otherwise.

An analyst expert in the use ijca FMEAs and fully conversant in the architecture and operation of the system or process to be analysed, is essential to ensure a good final product.