Complete Tank Instrumentation for Large Spanish FPSO Vessel

Complete Tank Instrumentation for Large Spanish FPSO Vessel

Working closely with our Spanish Agents, Aries Industrial Y Naval Servicios, we have recently delivered a complete instrumentation package for the vessel ‘Blue Eagle’, a newbuild Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) which is under construction in Spain.

The completed vessel will measure 106 metres long, 25 metres wide and 12 metres deep, and have a capacity of 7,300 cubic metres of crude oil and be capable of treating 20,000 barrels per day.

As part of Scanjet, we are able to offer a full range of intelligent maritime tank instrumentation and so for the cargo tanks we supplied Scanrad level transmitters, Multi-point averaging temperature transmitters, Inert gas pressure transmitters and High/Overfill alarm switches.

Scanjet also delivered PSM APT1000 Series transmitters for all ballast and service tanks.  Zener Safety barrier panels were included for all instrument signals.

Representatives from Scanjet PSM will be onboard the vessel to commission the instrumentation, with the delivery of the completed vessel scheduled for 2021.
If you would like to find out more about out Scanrad level transmitters, APT1000 sensors or any aspects of the Scanjet range of marine approved instrumentation, then please send us an email or call 08 9410 5000

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.

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.