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3GA Marine, Alfa Laval Partner for BWTS Retrofits

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Naval architecture and marine engineering company 3GA Marine Ltd has teamed up with marine technologies company Alfa Laval to provide engineered turnkey solutions to support ship owners in their response to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) ballast water management regulations. “The retrofitting of ballast water treatment systems in existing vessels is challenging because of their size and required capacity to maintain ballast operations. It can also prove to be complex in integrating the system with existing systems and congested machinery room spaces…

USCG approval triggers Alfa Laval PureBallast retrofit orders

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As a direct consequence of its type approval by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 has been selected for ballast water treatment on vessels owned by STAMCO Ship Management. The agreement is expected to generate orders worth around EUR 2.2 million to be booked during Q1 2017. Under the agreement, PureBallast 3.1 systems will be retrofitted on 11 RoRo vessels in the STAMCO Ship Management fleet. STAMCO Ship Management made its decision following the type approval of PureBallast by the USCG.

Alfa Laval Continues to Develop PureSOx

Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Alfa Laval’s SOx scrubber platform PureSOx is available in multiple operating arrangements, two scrubber designs and a range of compliance profiles for meeting the 2020 global sulphur cap. Working closely with customers, Alfa Laval said it is pursuing improvements and options to make it even more flexible and optimized. PureSOx was launched in 2012 to let vessels meet SOx limits while continuing to use economical heavy fuel oil. In the years since, it has evolved into a highly flexible scrubber platform, fully prepared for the 2020 global sulphur cap.

Inert Gas Systems Produces Significant Fuel Savings

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The Alfa Laval Automatic Fuel Efficiency Module (AFEM) is a new modification for reducing the fuel consumption of Alfa Laval Smit Combustion inert gas systems. It does so by ensuring the inert gas that keeps cargo safe during offloading is only generated in the exact amounts required. In a two-year pilot project, the AFEM allowed Italian shipping company Navigazione Montanari S.p.A. to achieve an average fuel savings of 30 percent. Based in Fano on the Adriatic Sea, Navigazione Montanari owns and manages a fleet of 21 tankers.

Alfa Laval Sees Greater Interest in High Flow BWTS

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With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention set to take effect in September, Alfa Laval said it has seen growing customer interest in ballast water treatment systems and in its PureBallast. Of particular note is interest in PureBallast systems with high flow capacities. While interest for high flow PureBallast systems has increased, the manufacturer said it is prepared to support vessels with these needs. The IMO and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type-approved PureBallast 3.1 features a single-filter solution…

Finnlines, Alfa Laval Ink Scrubber Performance Deal

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Finnish shipping operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, has placed a service order with Alfa Laval to optimize the performance of its existing Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber systems. The performance agreement was tailored for Finnlines using the Alfa Laval 360° Service Portfolio, a structured selection of defined service offerings. The Alfa Laval performance agreement with Finnlines covers PureSOx systems installed on board seven RoRo vessels: Finnpulp, Finnmill, Finnhawk, Finnkraft, Finncarrier, Finnmaster and Finnmerchant.

White Paper Addresses Bilge Water Noncompliance

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A new white paper from Alfa Laval addresses ship owner concerns to ensure vessel compliance with bilge water regulations worldwide. Even if a traditional system with type approval is operating on board, the paper states, there are still risks of violating applicable laws and damaging the marine environment. Alfa Laval – a  leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has announced the availability of a new white paper, Bilge water compliance issues. The…

Alfa Laval: New Test Facilities, New Technologies

Gas operations commence at the newly expanded Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark. (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technology specialist, Alfa Laval, has expanded its Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark with a new gas testing facility. At the same time it continues developing new technologies in the areas of ballast water treatment, sulfur oxide emission control, touchscreen boiler control, fuel efficiency automation for inert-gas systems and methanol booster systems. Alfa Laval, a global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on the key technologies of heat transfer…

Alfa Laval Signs BWT Pact with Two Shipowners

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Alfa Laval signs major frame agreements for ballast water treatment retrofitsIn June, Alfa Laval signed frame agreements with two different shipowners for the supply of Alfa Laval PureBallast systems. The systems will be delivered during a three-year period and retrofitted on tankers and bulk carriers. The fleet orders were received from a tanker operator in the Middle East and a bulk carrier operator in Europe, who will time the booking of individual PureBallast orders with the scheduled dry docking of their vessels.

Alfa Laval Introduces PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex system (Photo: Alfa Laval PureBallast)

Now in its third generation, the newest Alfa Laval PureBallast ballast water treatment system has been engineered to minimize footprint and installation costs. Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex is the latest addition to the PureBallast family of systems. Based on loose components, it is the answer to space and flexibility needs. Available for flows of 32–1,000 m3/h, it packs the leading ballast water treatment technology into a footprint up to 20 percent smaller than that of PureBallast 3.1.

Alfa Laval’s PureSOx Tallies 100+ Installs

Alfa Laval PureSOx (Photo: Alfa Laval)

To date, a total of 109 vessels have been installed with Alfa Laval PureSOx platform for compliance with IMO SOx emissions regulations. With more than 75 PureSOx systems in operation today, Alfa Laval claims to have the marine industry’s most extensive list of reference installations for any single SOx scrubber technology. This represents every PureSOx commissioned since the first installation, including those on board a number of ships in the fleet of Danish company DFDS. Coincidentally…

Alfa Laval Opens Test & Training Center

Marine R&D enters a bold new era as operations begin at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center. After months of intense preparation, the doors of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark are open. Located on the site of the former Aalborg shipyard, this massive ship simulation facility – the largest and most advanced in the marine industry – now adds considerable muscle to Alfa Laval’s research and development efforts. The Alfa Laval Test & Training Center comprises a 250 m2 testing area…

Alfa Laval Opens Test & Training Center

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After months of preparation, the doors of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center in Aalborg, Denmark are open. Located on the site of the former Aalborg shipyard, this massive ship simulation facility – the largest and most advanced in the marine industry – now adds considerable muscle to Alfa Laval’s research and development efforts. The Alfa Laval Test & Training Center comprises a 250 m2 testing area, built around a 2 MW marine engine and comprising commercial and prototype equipment from all of Alfa Laval’s marine product groups.

Alfa Laval PureSOx Platform Offers Dual-compliance

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The Alfa Laval PureSOx platform is expanding to provide not only 0.1%S compliance for Emission Control Areas (ECAs), but also 0.5%S compliance with the coming global sulphur cap. With the option of a dual-compliance system as well, customers can choose the best scrubber solution to match their sailing profile. The Alfa Laval PureSOx platform is already the most proven and customer-adapted exhaust gas cleaning solution on the market. Regardless whether the MEPC implements the 0.5%S global cap in 2020 or 2025, the platform is now expanding to address an even greater range of customer needs.

PureSOx Installed on Canadian Cement Carrier

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As well as being the established choice of scrubber for Emission Control Areas (ECAs), Alfa Laval PureSOx is proving its capabilities on the Great Lakes. The system will soon be installed on a cement carrier that will operate in the region as part of the NovaAlgoma fleet. NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers Limited has recently expanded its fleet with the M/v Nacc Quebec. This ecologically efficient self-discharging bulker will be converted from an existing vessel in China and will begin her operation in 2017.

Alfa Laval’s PureBallast Passes the 10-year Mark

Mingling onboard M/S Soya III during PureBallast ballast water treatment system 10-year anniversary (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Finland’s ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention came just days before the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Alfa Laval’s PureBallast. On September 15, Alfa Laval marked the passage of 10 years since its PureBallast was released in 2006, when the global introduction of ballast water treatment requirements had then seemed imminent. New exactly one decade later, that milestone has been passed. Meanwhile, PureBallast…

Alfa Laval BWTS: USCG Type Approval Application Filed

Alfa Laval PureBallast BWTS (Photo: Alfa Laval)

After completion of land-based tests with marine, brackish and fresh water – all using the current ballast water treatment system design – a test report package for PureBallast has now been finalized by the independent lab DNV GL. Consequently, Alfa Laval has filed its type approval application with the US Coast Guard for the PureBallast 3 family. Alfa Laval is headed for US Coast Guard type approval in ballast water treatment. As expected, the company completed all tests of PureBallast during the summer of this year.

Revised G8 Certificate for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3

Alfa Laval PureBallast (Photo: Alfa Laval)

PureBallast 3, the third generation ballast water treatment technology from Swedish manufacturer Alfa Laval, is the first solution to be type approved according to the revised IMO G8 testing requirements. DNV GL, acting on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, issued an updated type approval certificate on February 2, making Alfa Laval the first supplier compliant with the revised G8 demands. The revised G8 guidelines, which are more in line with the stringent U.S. Coast Guard requirements…

Alfa Laval BlueBox SA prevents oily water discharge problems

Alfa Laval BlueBox SA  Photo courtesy Esbjörn Ljunggren; Alfa Laval

Non-compliant discharge of oily water continues to be an environmental threat – and an expensive headache for the marine industry. With the tamper-proof Alfa Laval BlueBox SA, a standalone oil content monitor and data recorder, Alfa Laval is providing peace of mind to ship owners and operators. Despite many years of strict enforcement when it comes to oily water discharge limits, there are still high-profile cases that result in extreme fines or jail terms. Naturally, no company can afford to take risks when the consequences are of such magnitude.

Alfa Laval’s HCO Filter Approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo

Moatti 290 filter (Image: Alfa Laval)

The Alfa Laval Moatti 290 filter for hydraulic control oil (HCO) has been approved by MAN Diesel & Turbo on its modern two-stroke engines following validation tests aboard three Stena Bulk IMOIIMAX vessels.The Alfa Laval Moatti 290 filter is a high-performance solution suited to the new generation of MAN Diesel &Turbo two-stroke engines, in which hydraulic control systems have replaced traditional camshafts. The valves of these systems are actuated by a small flow of lube oil, which must be very finely filtered without creating additional pressure drop.

Polsteam, Nova Ship Tech SA Select Alfa Laval PureBallast 3

Beskidy (Photo courtesy of Alfa Laval)

Alfa Laval said it has signed fleet agreements with Polsteam and Nova Ship Tech SA for the supply of PureBallast 3, the third generation of Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment technology.Under the agreements, Alfa Laval will provide dozens of Polsteam and Nova Ship Tech SA vessels with PureBallast 3 systems – the vast majority of which will handle large flows of more than 1,000 m3/h.The agreements with Polsteam and Nova Ship Tech SA come as many ship owners shift their focus from individual ballast water treatment systems to complete fleet solutions.

Alfa Laval's 100th U-design Scrubber for Grimaldi

Grimaldi Group has placed orders for seven hybrid Alfa Laval PureSOx systems with U-design scrubbers. Photo Alph Laval

The Grimaldi Group has placed orders for seven hybrid Alfa Laval PureSOx systems with U-design scrubbers. The orders are an important milestone, as the second of these systems is also the 100th U-design scrubber to be sold by Alfa Laval. The Grimaldi Group, which is the parent company of Atlantic Container Line, Finnlines and others, is a multinational logistics group based on maritime transport. Specialized in the operation of RoRo vessels, car carriers and ferries, the group has been using Alfa Laval PureSOx systems to meetSOx emission limits since 2014.

Alfa Laval PureBallast gets USCG Approval

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On 23 December, Alfa Laval received U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for the third generation of its ballast water treatment system, PureBallast. The approval allows ship owners who deballast in United States waters to make a confident choice of treatment technology. The USCG based its type approval of PureBallast on CMFDA/FDA testing conducted at DHI in Denmark. This testing was performed using the same hardware, power consumption and flow as the already market-leading IMO-certified version of the PureBallast 3 family.

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