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Chemical-free ballast water management: SKF at Marintec China

A new self-cleaning, UV-based ballast water management system (BWMS) that requires no chemicals will be launched by SKF at Marintec China 2019.


SKF will showcase its latest innovation for the international maritime industry at Marintec China 2019, 3-6 December 2019. Although UV systems are amongst the most effective, environmentally friendly and popular methods of ballast water treatment, users face the challenge of keeping them clean. Operators usually rely on aggressive chemicals to remove biofilm, which forms on the UV lamps and affects their performance. This in turn demands safe chemical storage and processing to avoid environmental pollution.

Thomas Kaiser, SKF’s Director of Sales, explains how SKF’s solution solves this problem: “The SKF BlueSonic BWMS uses ultrasound cleaning instead of chemicals. Its ultrasound frequencies not only maintain the system’s performance but weaken the undesirable organisms in the ballast water. Maintenance costs and downtime are further reduced by the high resistance of its reactors to corrosion and cavitation, which also extends their lifetime.”

The system is easy to install and is designed to comply with both International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements and the stricter US Coast Guard (USCG) regulations. A single operating mode can be used for all territories, enabling constant compliance all around the world.

A complete marine portfolio
Visitors to Marintec China will also see SKF solutions ranging from shaft line components and stabilisation systems, to the latest equipment for easier machine condition monitoring.

The new SKF QuickCollect sensor and related ProCollect app are part of a range of marine-specific solutions. The tool combines condition monitoring and inspections points to monitor and track asset condition and part of a condition based maintenance contract. They can be used for all types of critical onboard rotating equipment, including pumps, fans, compressors, purifiers, motors, generators, turbines, rotary dryers and centrifuges.

Data can be gathered remotely from machines in hard-to-reach places using the hand-held QuickCollect sensor. Connecting via Bluetooth to the ProCollect app on the user’s tablet or smartphone, it displays vibration, temperature and other relevant readings in real time. From there, the user can transfer collected data to the SKF Enlight center for analysis by condition monitoring experts to support the ship’s engineer or the fleet technical manager with recommended maintenance actions for safe and efficient operation of their assets.

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