PSM Sensors supplied as part of a Scanjet package

PSM technology ensures vessels operate efficiently and reliable and are compliant with legal, safety and environmental regulations

Scanjet supply ITAMA (Intelligent Tank Management) solution for new-build tanker

Scanjet were recently commissioned to supply a full Intelligent Tank Management solution with tank cleaning machines, PV Valves and the Tank Gauging by Rubis Eastern Caribbean for their new-build tanker, the MT Bahama Blue, built at the MTG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna, Bulgaria.

PSM’s contribution included transmitters all for tank levels, overpressure, and manifold pressures in Hastelloy, Titanium and Stainless Steel.

Rubis Eastern Caribbean recognised that by using the ITAMA solution they would have a single source for design and project management and the reassurance of full in-house production control to deliver the optimum solution. Further, in service the Vessel will be fully supported by our global support network.

Whatever your vessel and application, we will be delighted to talk through the ITAMA options and integrated PSM products best suited to you.

For more information, please visit contact us via our website

Ship Wastewater Discharge Performance Needs Enforcement, says ACO Marine

ACO Marine, together with a group of leading wastewater treatment system manufacturers and environmental organisations, has called for a revision to MARPOL Annex IV in order to verify the ongoing performance and discharge criteria of sewage treated systems onboard ship.

While there are rules in place for verifying discharge parameters, these relate only to type-approval testing in land-based establishments. There is currently no enforcement of the wastewater discharge criteria once a system has been installed and becomes operational onboard ship.

ACO Marine Managing Director Mark Beavis said: “The main contention is that we believe there are type-approved systems in operation at sea that are scientifically incapable of treating sewage waste.”

A paper co-authored by Beavis – Sewage Treatment with No-Sludge Production – A False Claim, and a Non-Conformity – attests: “Some manufacturers claim their sewage treatment plants do not produce sludge. Unfortunately, conformity assessment bodies have approved their equipment. But they have certified impossibilities and created certified ‘magic boxes’. These systems contravene science.”

Beavis said: “Sewage treatment plants protect the marine environment by turning raw sewage into less harmful effluent that meets specific discharge criteria set by the International Maritime Organisation. As a by-product of the treatment process sewage sludge is created that has to be either treated onboard or incinerated ashore. This sludge is a by-product or all treatment processes. But instead of being separated from the treatment process, this sludge is being flushed out in the effluent.

“These ‘magic boxes’ would not be able to perform no matter how well they are operated and we are very concerned about the environmental damage these systems are causing.”

While the rules were tightened with MEPC.227(64) and the use of dilution water limited during performance tests, this has not prevented the certification of these so-called sludge-free systems.

“Certificates have become licenses to pollute. Something is very wrong,” the authors state in the paper.

Existing Guidelines do not explicitly prohibit no-sludge systems but the authors believe the type approval regime is a “contradiction to the IMO’s intentions”. 

“There is a lot at stake: the credibility of the approval regimes, the liabilities to shipowners and yards, a level playing field, the IMO’s environmental aspirations and ultimately, the pristine marine water that we have agreed to protect,” say the authors.

The paper was co-authored by Mark Beavis, Managing Director, ACO Marine; Dr Wei Chen, Future Program Development Manager, Wartsila Water Systems Ltd, UK; Dr Elmar Dorgeloh, Manager Director, Development and Assessment Institute in Waste Water Technology at RWTH-Aachen University (PIA), Germany; Holger Hamann, Managing Director, Holger Hamann Consulting; Matthew MacGregor, Executive Director, TEi-Testing Services; Dr Daniel Todt, Project Manager R&D, Ecomotive AS; Niclas Karlsson, Managing Director, Clean Ship Scandinavia; Mark Mellinger, President, Headhunter Inc; and Felix von Bredow, Board of Hamman AG.

The authors call for IMO, its Member States and the approval assessment bodies to identify and to acknowledge the issue and establish protocols in order to prevent such non-conformities from reoccurring.

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Existing Guidelines do not explicitly prohibit no-sludge systems, but the authors of a new paper believe they should.

Perth Caravan & Camping Show 2019

We’re sad to announce, Cullys won’t be exhibiting at this years Perth Caravan & Camping Show.
HOWEVER, we still have our amazing specials for the month of March! Including discounted prices on Cummins Onan RV Generators, accessories and servicing parts!

Did you know? Cullys an approved Western Australian Cummins Onan Distributor of spare parts and Service / Repair Agent for the RV/CM range of generators. We offer a comprehensive range of spare parts & accessories from our warehouse in Henderson. Our team of technicians undertake regular, specialised Cummins Onan training to ensure your generator is serviced and supported by the best. With a fully stocked service vehicle, we can offer regular servicing and repairs on site for your convenience, or at our warehouse in Henderson.

Cummins Onan Generator Specials

Valid for the month of March 2019

Prevent Fuel Varnishing

If you don’t run a tank of petrol each month, you could be risking the performance of your Cummins Onan RV Generator

If you store your RV over the winter, or don’t operate it often enough to refuel the petrol tank every month, you could develop a fuel varnishing problem in your generator engine.

Fuel varnishing is a gummy residue that clogs the generator carburettor and fuel pump. It’s caused by the deterioration of fuel that sits in the engine too long, and it happens in a surprisingly short period of time. Depending on fuel quality and storage conditions, gasoline can deteriorate in as little as 30 days. As long as you refuel frequently with fresh gasoline, and exercise the unit regularly, fuel varnishing is less likely to occur. But if you leave the same gasoline in the tank for several months, you’re very likely to have problems.

Fuel varnishing affects many engines but it’s more noticeable in generators because the engines are smaller. Even the slightest decrease in efficiency has a big impact on performance. A generator with varnish buildup may start but run like it needs a tune-up. It surges, accelerating and decelerating, but rarely settles at a stable operating speed. In many of the gasoline powered units, engine speed directly affects generator voltage output and frequency. As speed increases/decreases, so does the voltage and frequency.

The only ways to prevent fuel varnishing are to treat the contents of the tank supplying fuel to the generator with a fuel preservative and to exercise the set. Many quality fuel preservative and stabilisers are available. We recommend adding this preservative to the petrol, especially on infrequently used RVs.

Emptying the tank won’t prevent fuel varnishing because a small amount of fuel always remains in the generator carburettor. If you plan to leave the tank empty, we recommend that you add a special mixture of fuel and a preservative before you run the tank dry so the residual fuel contains the preservative.

Once varnishing has occurred, adding a preservative won’t correct the problem. You need to add a fuel cleaner, and manually scrub the varnish from the fuel system parts.

By understanding how to properly care for your RV generator and protect against fuel varnishing, you’ll enjoy better performance and longer operation. It may seem strange that “not” using a product causes it to fail faster. With generators, though, that’s exactly the case.

Important: Problems caused by fuel varnishing will not be covered under warranty.

Seasons Greetings from Cullys

The staff at Cullys would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and business during 2018. It’s been another fantastic year, and we’re looking forward to an even better year in 2019. 

Cullys will be closing over the festive season from 12:30pm Friday 21st December 2018 and returning to normal trade on Monday, 7th January 2019

 

From Tom, Phyl and the team at Cullys, we wish you and your families a safe and happy festive season.

Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you.

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

SLCE Watermakers / Newsletter

Cruise Project

SLCE watermakers has just completed the 2nd sea trials of the first ship from the EDGE series, manufactured at Chantiers de l’Atlantique and designed for the shipowner Celebrity Cruises. Two units, each producing, 1 100 tpd of water with a salinity of less than 50 ppm are installed. These units from the XLE range benefit from an energy recovery system.

Mining Project

SLCE watermakers, through its representative in Chile ARSEPUR, received an order from BECHTEL, the engineering company in charge of Quebrada Blanca II project for TECK. SLCE watermakers will deliver, early 2019, two 40-footer producing each 1 160 tpd of freshwater. A third one will be delivered late 2019. The designed is based on the very heavy-duty range GBW60. The installation will operate at 4380 m above mean sea level in harsh environment.

Navy Project

NAVAL GROUP renewed its confidence in SLCE watermakers by entrusting the design and supply of the reverse-osmsosis watermakers for the future frigates FTI. Each unit, based on the SD22 design, will produce 32 m3/24h of freshwater. SLCE watermakers will also supply the hydrophores and the post-treatment subsets including post chlorination and hardness adjustment of the produced water.

Hotel in Saint Barthelemy

Following the hurricane IRMA that ravaged the island of Saint Barthelemy last year, the reverse-osmosis unit of the hotel “Le Barthélémy” was out of order and irreparable. Located in the basement, the installation of a new skid-mounted unit was impossible. SLCE watermakers has therefore delivered a unit in modules to be assembled on the spot on the old chassis. Since mid-June, the hotel has a new SH31-806 unit producing 90 m3/24h of freshwater.

Bahamas Island

BOUYGUES CONSTRUCTION recently ordered a container including an ultrafiltration pre-treatment followed by a reverse-osmosis process, producing 500 tpd of freshwater. The equipment will benefit from an energy recovery system. The unit will be located on the Exclusive Bahamian Marine Reserve Island dedicated to MSC Caribbean cruise guests. After producing the water during the construction phase, the unit will produce the freshwater to the guests.

Praxis Automation Technology – Automation and Navigation Systems

Leading supplier and manufacturer of high-quality solutions for the commercial, navy and yacht building industries.

Automation and navigation systems, including Vessel Management, Dynamic Positioning, Power Management and Propulsion Control Systems, Green Propulsion and Green Ship Technology.

Cullys technicians have successfully completed Praxis Automation MEGA-GUARD training course and proudly support the Praxis Automation products in Australia.

Sustainability is Praxis Automation core value, reducing installation, maintenance work and costs.

ZF Marine Electronic Controls Training – 11 to 14 Sept 2018

During the past week, Cullys technicians have attending the ZF Head Office in Sydney to participate in the ZF Marine Electronic Controls Training.

This training covered:

  • The different control system models,
  • Description of the system’s main components,
  • How the system’s main components function,
  • Application considerations of the different systems,
  • Installation requirements,
  • Troubleshooting / fault finding.

 

River Cruise Sector Embraces the New Kid on the Block

ACO Marine has taken a substantial number of orders from European river cruise operators for the supply and retrofit installation of the company’s advanced wastewater treatment systems.

The company, the water treatment division of Germany’s ACO Group, will supply wastewater management solutions based around its Maripur NF advanced sewage treatment plant to ten river cruise vessels scheduled to drydock this winter.

In addition to the Maripur NF units, the turnkey package includes grease separation systems, holding and aeration tanks, pumps and piping, and crew training.

The vessels to which the ACO scope will be installed include the Rhine and/or Danube-operating sister vessels MS Maribelle, MS Prinzessin Sisi and MS Regina Rheni, the 100m long sisters MS Prinzessin Katharina and MS Prinzesse de Provence, and the 110m long MS Vista Fidelio.

Equipment will be delivered to various European yards for retrofitting between November 2018 and March 2019, when the vessels drydock before the summer season.

Pavel Havlik, Director – River Cruises, ACO Marine, said: “Our strategic decision to enter the European River Cruise and Inland Waterway market has paid dividends not only for ACO Marine but also for the owners and operators of these remarkable vessels.

“Given the recent orders, it appears the segment has quickly embraced the ACO Marine solution. In addition to the ten vessels undergoing retrofit this winter, we will also retrofit equipment to 30 river cruise vessels scheduled to drydock winter 2019.”

Mark Beavis, Managing Director, ACO Marine said one of the reasons the sector has been quick to take up the ACO solution is because of the company’s commitment to after sales and service.

“We’re not an install and forget kind of company,” he said. “We have built a systematic service chain that includes remote diagnostics and maintain regular contact with our customers to ensure their wastewater treatment systems are running to optimum. Our customers and, ultimately, their passengers benefit from not only having a team of specialists on call 24/7, but from complete wastewater management solutions designed to exceed existing and anticipated regulations.”

Compared to the commercial marine sector, the regulations governing pollution of inland waterways segment are very rigid.

The European Union Commission Directive 2012/49/EU came into force in December 2013 laying down new standards for testing of sewage treatment systems to ensure standards of discharge in European inland waterways will not have an adverse impact on the environment.

“All current vessels are required to upgrade their sewage treatment systems to compliance during their next scheduled vessel inspection and therefore the requirement for retrofit solutions will be considerable. To meet this requirement ACO Marine carries out detailed onboard surveys to enable the development of bespoke solutions on a ship-by-ship basis working with the vessel owner/operators and the installation shipyards to incorporate all aspects of ship system integration,” said Beavis.

Certified in accordance with RheinSchUO and Commission Directive 2012/49/E, ACO Marine’s compact Bio-Reactor (MBR), the technology at the heart of its Maripur NF system, allows vessels with limited space to now benefit from a membrane-based treatment process. Historically, the low height of the machinery space prevented river cruise vessels from adopting the technology.

With a low-height design and capacity to treat the waste streams generated from up to 250 persons, the ACO Maripur is available in modular sections to allow easier access to the installation site using existing access routes, reducing the requirement to cut a hole in the ship’s side.

ACO Marine has secured a number of contracts for the installation of its Maripur NF wastewater management solution to river cruise vessels, including the MS Maribelle

Maripur NF allows vessels with limited space to benefit from a membrane-based treatment process

About ACO Marine

Established more than fifteen years ago, ACO Marine is a member of the international German-headquartered ACO Group and a leading supplier of advanced wastewater treatment systems to the global commercial, naval, offshore and leisure marine sectors with a sales and service network world-wide. Its unique environmental solutions are used primarily in wastewater technology, wastewater management and drainage systems. ACO Marine develops in-house solutions from its ISO 9001 accredited production facilities, all of which are located entirely within the EU.