I have a hypothetical question: if I am offshore and I experience a power failure for the binnacle (throttles) of my ETEC G2 motors, what should I do? Or any binnacle failure for that matter? Are there some actions I can take to try and restore operation, or am I pretty much dead in the water at that point? I am trying to become more aware of how these controls work and what backup alternatives I have during failure, if any.
The answer to your question is too complicated to be concise. Depending upon the particular failure(s), there are differing courses of action to deal with the fault(s).
For example, if the starboard lever sensor were to fail, the starboard engine woud remain at idle neutral condition. This may be circumvented by engaging the engine sync function. Now both engines will be under control of the port lever and operational control of the starboard engine is possible. If the port lever sensor has failed, the same action may be taken but in this case, the starboard lever will be controlling both engines.
If there is a fault indicating a failure of the Public network, the Private network will continue to provide full operational control between the engines and control head. A Private network failure will result in the control head relying on the Public network to maintain communiction between the control head and engines.
05-23-2019 08:13 - edited 05-23-2019 08:14
That is a great explanation, Rick !
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