Ricardo (Ric) Middleton, PE
Ric Middleton, PE
Houston, TX
832-334-6617
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION - 3 Rolls Royce Trent Gas Turbine Generator
Packages ($30,000,000.00 Each) subjected to high winds and rain at the Port of Houston.

Wind and rain from a storm on 9 June 2010 caused damage to the protective tarp and wooden
bracing on a Rolls Royce Trent Gas Turbine Main Enclosure. Rain entered the compartment after
high winds blew off a protective tarp.

On 10 June 2010 inspection was performed at the Port of Houston. Upon arrival, damage to the
protective tarp and wooden bracing on Gas Turbine Main Enclosure was immediately noticed. The
Gas Turbine Enclosure was entered to access damage.  Plywood sheeting panels were apparently
blown into the ocean and were not recovered.  No signs of impact damage from falling wood panels
inside of the enclosure were noted. The protective tarp was attached to the roof and was ripped in
a couple of places.  Water had entered Electrical Control Panels. The center channel drain that
runs the length of the unit was half full of water and 3 areas of the enclosure floor had puddles of
water of approximately 1 inch depth.  The Inlet Scroll had approximately 4 inches of water at the
bottom and a cardboard box labelled with the word “shims” was laying in the 4 inches of water. The
center drain was opened to remove the water collected at the low-point.
Engines were well protected inside of weather resistant
shipping capsules.
Protective tarp was blown off of one of three Gas Turbine
Enclosures during a severe coastal storm.
Temporary structural support panel missing directly in front
of the Exhaust Scroll.
Temporary structural support roof panel missing directly in
front of the Exhaust Scroll. Looking Left
1” of water on floor below grating.  Conductors Submerged.
Water approximately 4” high in Inlet Scroll. Cardboard box of
shims in water.
1” of water on floor below grating.  Conductors Submerged.
Typical rigid wooden crating with metal bands and heat
treated wood.
Typical Heavier Package with 1” stencil lettering. Rigid
wooden crating with metal bands and heat treated wood.
Structural Sheeting and new Weather Protective Tarp
replaced for shipment a week later.
ACCIDENT
INVESTIGATION
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