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Friday, February 23, 2018

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OCIMF Encourages Adoption of Inert Gas Systems

Andrew Cassels (Photo: OCIMF)

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) latest information paper, released on March 13, addresses the use of inert gas for the carriage of flammable oil cargoes. In the paper, titled Inert Gas Systems: the use of inert gas for the carriage of flammable oil cargoes, OCIMF fully supports the IMO introduction (from January 1, 2016) of the mandatory fitting to new build tankers 8,000 DWT and over, of an inert gas system when carrying flammable cargoes. “The safety benefits of inert gas in cargo tanks are well recognized throughout the tanker industry…

Hamworthy Lands IG Contract at Hyundai

Hamworthy has won a contract from South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply its inert gas generator (IGG) package for the QUAD 204 FPSO project. The BP-operated FPSO is to be deployed some 110 miles to the west of the Shetland Isles in the North Atlantic as a replacement for the Schiehallion FPSO. Hamworthy will supply two sets of inert gas generator units, including two deck water seals, two control systems, two inert gas cleaners and two pressure vacuum breakers. The…

Hamworthy Nets Contract for 21 IG systems

Hamworthy Moss Test Generator

Hamworthy to install inert gas systems on 21 LNG carriers under construction in South Korea. Hamworthy has underscored its position as the world’s leading supplier of inert gas systems by winning contracts to install its technology on 21 LNG carriers under construction in South Korea. The contracts have been secured with Norwegian owners Golar, AWILCO and Höegh LNG, and Greek owners MaranGas and Thenamaris. Twelve Hamworthy Moss inert gas systems will be installed on a series of 156…

Teekay Order Wärtsilä LNG Inert Gas Units

Wärtsilä Moss Inert Gas Test Generator: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä to supply a combined inert gas generator & gas combustion unit for 2 new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers being built at the DSME yard in South Korea for Canada-based Teekay Corp. The concept of combining the two systems was developed by Wärtsilä in cooperation with DSME, and the system burns the boil off gas using an already existing Wärtsilä Moss inert gas generator. In so doing, it eliminates the need for a conventional gas combustion unit thus providing capital expenditure savings for the customer. Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to begin in autumn 2014.

ABS Guidance for Ballast Tank Inert Gas Systems

A major step forward in tanker operation safety was taken as ABS announced technical guidance for inert gas systems for ballast tanks. Compliance to the guidelines leads to the class notation IGS-Ballast. ABS is the first society to set standards and offer a notation for complying with design criteria and procedures for inerting ballast tanks on double hull tankers. The timely introduction of the ABS Guide For Inert Gas System For Ballast Tanks addresses industry concerns regarding the potential leakage of volatile gases from oil laden cargo tanks into the ballast or void spaces. This concern has been further heightened as double hull tanker configurations become the standard with mandated phase in by 2010.

Wärtsilä to Supply FSU, Shuttle Tanker, Inert Gas Systems

Inert Gas System Units: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is to supply inert gas systems for a Floating Storage Unit (FSU) on Norway's Heidrun offshore oil & gas field, and for two supporting shuttle tankers. The FSU is owned by Statoil, the Norwegian state owned energy company, and the tankers by AET Tanker Holdings, the Singapore based petroleum transportation company. All three vessels are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea. The Wärtsilä contract with SHI was signed in February 2013. Delivery of the Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for October, 2013.

Wärtsilä to Supply Gas Systems for New Teekay LNG Carriers

Wärtsilä Moss Inert Gas Test Generator (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a combined inert gas generator and gas combustion unit for two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers being built at the DSME yard in South Korea. The ships will be owned by Canada based Teekay Corporation, one of the world's largest marine energy transportation, storage and production companies. The contract was signed in May 2013. The concept of combining the two systems was developed by Wärtsilä in cooperation with DSME, and the system burns the boil off gas using an already existing Wärtsilä Moss inert gas generator.

Wärtsilä' Inert Gas Solution for LNG Carriers

The first ever combined inert gas generator (IGG) and gas combustion units (GCU) having a capacity of up to 3800 kgh.

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea has contracted Wärtsilä to supply combined inert gas generators and gas combustion units for 17 new LNG Carrier vessels under construction at the company's yards. The vessels are being built for leading operators in Singapore, Greece, South Korea, Cyprus and Canada. These significant contracts with Wärtsilä were signed in June and September. These will be the first ever units delivered by Wärtsilä that combine inert gas generators (IGG) and gas combustion units (GCU) with high capacity.

New Inert Gas Systems from Alfa Laval

LNG and LPG carrier tanks hold both a source of income and a potential source of danger. To avert the danger, inert gas systems (IGS) have been required on all new tankers over 20,000 dwt since 1978 — a move that has surely saved untold lives. Yet with increasing demand, tighter delivery schedules, the constant need to optimize onboard footprints and numerous other factors, Alfa Laval believes IGS should go beyond fire safety to protect against other disasters that chisel away at the potential income for both shipyards and shipowners.

News: ABS Guidance for Ballast Tank Inert Gas Systems

A major step forward in tanker operation safety was taken as ABS announced technical guidance for inert gas systems for ballast tanks. Compliance to the guidelines leads to the class notation IGS-Ballast. ABS is the first society to set standards and offer a notation for complying with design criteria and procedures for inerting ballast tanks on double hull tankers. The timely introduction of the ABS Guide For Inert Gas System For Ballast Tanks addresses industry concerns regarding the potential leakage of volatile gases from oil laden cargo tanks into the ballast or void spaces. This concern has been further heightened as double hull tanker configurations become the standard with mandated phase in by 2010.

Inert Gas Systems Produces Significant Fuel Savings

Image: Alfa Laval

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.

Wilhelmsen Upgrades Maritime Protection Nitrogen System

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has re-introduced the Maritime Protection nitrogen inert gas system with significant functionality improvements designed to provide efficient performance and a longer operational life. The primary enhancement is a unique system design with one of the smallest physical footprints in the market. In addition, it only requires service access from two sides, meaning that it can be located in a corner, allowing for flexible, space-saving installation. The system is also fitted with a fully automated control and monitoring system that protects the membranes from potential damage and costly repairs. Designed to protect flammable and sensitive cargo during transportation…

Coldharbour Marine's New UK Office

Coldharbour Marine- new UK Headquarters signals recruitment drive‏

Coldharbour Marine, long recognised for the design, manufacture and supply of inert gas and fluid handling equipment vessels (FPSOs) has moved into a new 25k sq. ft. headquarters in Linby, Nottinghamshire. All of Coldharbour’s administration, design, research and development functions, its laboratory, factory acceptance test (FAT) rig, stores and warehousing together with its high-tech factory and assembly shop will all now be under one roof. Coldharbour Marine is in the final stages of accreditation for a patent protected , inert gas driven, in-tank, ballast water treatment system (BWMS).

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions Acquires Maritime Protection

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions AS (WTS) has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Maritime Protection AS (MP), strengthening the inert gas portfolio for the marine and offshore segments. Purchased from Boss Montasje AS and a group of local investors, the company is DNV and Achilles certified and has over 40 years’ experience in supplying inert gas systems to the maritime industry, including application in oil tankers, LNG/LPG carriers, product tankers and rigs.

WTS Supplying IGS for 5 LNG Carriers

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has received a landmark order to supply inert gas generator systems for five LNG carriers under construction in South Korea. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions’ South Korean office will fulfil the orders for five LNG newbuildings at Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) for Greek owner Dynagas, delivering Nitrogen (N2) generator systems of 2 x 150 nominal cubic meter per hour @ 97%. These orders further improve Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions’ market penetration for LNG carriers and reinforce the competence and experience of the company in this fast-growing shipping segment. In total, the company has around 600 customer references for its inert gas systems worldwide.

Coldharbour, Hansun Ink China Distribution Deal

From right to left: Andrew Marshall, CEO Coldharbour Marine Ltd (seated) and Graham Cole CBE, Chairman, Coldharbour Marine Ltd (standing). On the left, Jason Lee, General Manager, Hansun (Shanghai) Marine Technology (seated) and Simon Gu, Chairman, Hansun (Shanghai) Marine Technology (Photo: Coldharbour Marine)

Coldharbour Marine, developer of a unique in-tank, in-voyage and inert gas-based ballast water treatment system for large tankers, bulkers and LNG vessels, has signed an agreement with Hansun (Shanghai) Marine Technology Co Ltd covering the marketing and distribution of Coldharbour products in mainland China. The contract, finalized at a recent ceremony in Shanghai, is part of the companies’ joint preparations for the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention which enters into force on September 8 this year.

Wärtsilä Gas Units Selected for Largest Ever Spar Platform

A new spar platform being built for Statoil's Aasta Hansteen field off the coast of Norway will feature Wärtsilä's Inert Gas and Nitrogen Generator systems, the power solutions company said. The contract has been issued in the first quarter 2014 by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of South Korea, the yard building the platform. The Wärtsilä Inert Gas Generator will utilize titanium in its construction, the first time ever that this material has been used in such a system. Titanium was preferred due to its superior corrosion resistance in relation to sea water. Wärtsilä's claims its experience and technical expertise in gas handling systems were critical factors in the award of this contract…

Wilhelmsen Wins Inert Gas Generator Order in LNG Sector

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions received an order to supply inert gas generator systems for five LNG carriers under construction in South Korea. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions’ South Korean office will fulfil the orders for five LNG newbuildings at Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI) for Greek owner Dynagas, delivering Nitrogen (N2) generator systems of 2 x 150 nominal cu. m. per hour @ 97%. These orders further improve Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions’ market penetration for LNG carriers and reinforce the competence and experience of the company in this fast-growing shipping segment. In total, the company has around 600 customer references for its inert gas systems worldwide.

WTS Launch Upgraded Unitor-Generon Inert Gas System

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has launched an upgraded Unitor-Generon inert gas system to meet demand for a high-efficiency, low energy purging and padding system for liquid cargo safety. The updated Unitor-Generon system features modern membrane technology developed by Generon which enables the complete system to produce required levels of nitrogen using smaller compressors and other components, reducing overall footprint and lowering onboard energy consumption. With shipowners and operators increasingly focused on optimising energy management to meet with voluntary standards and comply with regulatory requirements, the new system will be offered to both newbuilding and retrofit applications as a means of delivering measurable operational efficiencies.

Wilhelmsen Secures Inert Gas System Orders

Breakthrough order in Japanese shipbuilding market sees largest ever capacity Maritime Protection IG units delivered for leading domestic owners. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) has secured multiple orders to supply its Maritime Protection Dry Inert Gas Generator (DIGG) systems for installation on LNG carriers under construction at Japan Marine United’s Tsu shipyard. Two DIGG units will be installed on two gas carriers under construction for Japanese owners Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd./Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd (first vessel) and Tokyo LNG Tanker Co., Ltd./NYK Line (second vessel). Maritime Protection Managing Director, Steinar Andersen said…

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…

Boris Johnson Visits Coldharbour Marine

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visiting Coldharbour Marine (Credit: Nottingham Post / Coldharbour Marine)

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson paid a visit to Coldharbour Marine recently as the ballast water treatment system manufacturer’s facility in Nottinghamshire gears up for significant export-oriented production. Coldharbour Marine has spent more than 10 years researching and developing the system based on unique patented in-tank inert gas technology, which the manufacturer said is now undergoing rapid commercialization. Boris Johnson’s timing was no coincidence. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Convention finally enters force on September 8 this year…

USCG Orders Tanker to Anchorage

The US Coast Guard stated that it established a safety zone around a tanker docked in the Port of Los Angeles when it was determined that the inert gas system was inoperative. It was later stated that the tanker has been ordered to an anchorage outside the port while repairs are conducted. Source: HK Law

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