Harris Pye Chalks Up LSDO Conversions
The Harris Pye Engineering Group has been awarded a contract by a Chinese LNG company to convert six of its vessels to low sulphur diesel oil (LSDO), with an option for conversions on further vessels to follow. The group has undertaken work, predominantly on main and auxiliary boiler plants, on more than 75 vessels around the world, including some 30 LNGC main boiler plants on behalf of over 15 clients, offering the conversion as a turnkey package.
“We are particularly active in the crucial area of LSDO conversions as required by Marpol (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Annex VI, which sets limits on NOx and SOx emissions from ship exhausts,” explained Chris David, Harris Pye’s Chief Technical Officer.
“After the initial push for vessels to be compliant for US and European emission control areas (ECAs) the new ECAs in China, which came into effect late in 2015, have resulted in an influx of enquiries and orders. While the sulphur limit in the Chinese ECAs is at the 0.5 percent mark at present, potential shortages of compliant heavy fuels, and the option to lower the limit to 0.1 percent sulphur by the ports going forward, means that converting the vessels to operate on LSDO will ensure a ready fuel supply and future-proof against stricter emission limits.”
When undertaking such conversions the Harris Pye Group takes care of the Class submissions; carries out a complete survey; undertakes the full design with the assistance of the client and of Class; fabricates and finally full installs, whether at sea, in dry dock, or a combination of both.