We had just attended a Company Wide Safety Meeting, Lucky us to just happen to be at the company dock that day.
I get back to the boat and we get a Overheat Alarm on a Generator. I switched over to the other gen set and start checking the sick 6-71. Turns out that the head had a nice size crack in it and was pouring water into the Air Box. They could not get us a new head until the next morning.
This boat had a Tow Winch that was Driven by a Hydraulic Motor that was powered by a PTO on the Generator Engine. We would fire up the off line Gen Engine and engage that PTO to power the Tow Winch.
So with only one working Generator Engine we could not safely run the winch.
We get orders to head down the Delaware to Bigstone Anchorage with a Black Oil Barge to Lighter a Crude Tanker.
The Captain asked the Chief and Me (I was working over as A/E) what we thought. I told him it was nuts and not safe. The Captain told the office our concerns and the sent a V.P. down to "talk" to us. He goes through this whole spiel about getting the job done and how we all have to pull together and keep everything moving. I sat there until I just could not take it anymore and started laughing. He looked at me and said what was so funny. I looked right at him and asked if he was for real and that he had balls to even ask us this especially right after we all had just sat through a "Company Safety" meeting. We did not move until we got the replacement head installed and had two operating Generators.
As I think back on the 20 years that I worker for that company, I can not help but wonder how I never got fired. I was never one to keep my mouth shut and definitively put my foot in my mouth more than several times. I always spoke my mind especially when it came to safety!