Remediation Project – Hydraulic Oil Systems Analysis
Navy Vessel Class: ACPB’s were commissioned and built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to provide naval support for civilian authorities on missions such as control of fisheries, custom patrols and border protection.
Rubicon Associates was contracted to assist in reviewing the Hydraulic Oil (HO) cleanliness procedures on board and for developing new process recommendations.
- Review available correspondence regarding HO sampling and cleanliness procedures.
- Assess level of compliance of the current system procedures with applicable standards.
- Create an HO analysis procedure that addressed the trigger points for sampling, actions and outcomes.
A more comprehensive HO sampling, testing and analysis procedure was established for Special Patrol Officer utilisation. This procedure outlined sampling frequency and methods for all on board HO systems, spectrographic and viscosity testing and analysis for the HO samples, and the subsequent actions which should be taken based on the test results obtained. This procedure allowed effective maintenance and control of the HO systems on board the Patrol Boats and improved vessel functionality.