Europafilter Kidneyloop oil filtration systems, available exclusively from Basil V R Greatrex , have been installed in ferry gearbox compartments in an attempt to resolve operational malfunctions.
Tide was experiencing a range of issues with their gearboxes including contaminated lub oil, abnormal wear, overheating and valve failure.
Prior to the installation of Europafilter oil filtration systems, the iron content of the gearboxes was 58 mg/kgs, and water content was 90ppm.
Once Europafilter Kidneyloop oil filtration systems were installed iron content dropped to 10 mg/kg and water content to 65 ppm.
The oil filtration systems were assembled in an offline circuit, so the oil responsible for lubricating the gearboxes is treated continuously while the ferry is in operation.
The gear boxes now experience considerably less wear, do not overheat and their valve functions have been restored. They now operate in a continuously good manner.