Thursday, October 24, 2013

News: Martek delivers complex export order

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Rotherham company, Martek Marine, one of the world leaders in the supply of safety and environmental monitoring systems for the shipping industry, has delivered an emissions monitoring system so unique that no other company was even willing to quote for the project.

The export deal sees the most sophisticated emissions monitoring systems ever built for marine use fitted inside the world's largest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) being built by DSME (Daewoo). The £280m, 173,400m3 vessel, which can also function as an LNG carrier, is due for delivery in May 2014 when it will be deployed in Brazil. An FSRU is used out at sea to bring liquified natural gas back to ambient temperature and pressure before it is exported to shore through pipelines.

The equipment monitors eight different types of emissions, meeting maritime regulations and reducing a vessel's fuel consumption and impact on the environment. Martek expects to supply more complex systems in the future as the European Union pushes for emissions monitoring legislation for the maritime industry.

Steve Austwick, project manager at Martek Marine, said: "This is the biggest and most complex system ever built in the marine industry. The fact that no other supplier was prepared to take on this project underpins our position as the market leader."

Manvers-based Martek supplies companies all over the world and estimates that it has ship engine emission system design experience spanning over 600 engines.

Martek is also building a large scale, bespoke gas monitoring system for a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) for Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea, which will be delivered for use by one of the major oil companies operating in the North Sea.

The system was commissioned to continuously sample and monitor gas emissions in a total of 60 ballast tanks and void spaces throughout the vessel.

Phil Riggs, project engineering manager at Martek Marine, said: "This project has presented a unique challenge as this has never been done before on this size and scale. The system is completely bespoke for this project, requiring non-standard components and a re-design of our standard arrangement."

Martek Marine website

Images: Excelerate Energy

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