Chemical-free ballast water management: SKF at Marintec China

  • Story

    2019 November 21, 10:00 CET

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

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 21 November 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.

    SKF’s Thomas Kaiser concludes: “We look forward to meeting many maritime sector customers at Maintec China and showing how SKF can help them. We offer a complete portfolio, from a single source, and backed by global marine specialists, to make their operations simpler.”

    Marintec China will take place at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on 3 - 6 December 2019. SKF will be at Hall N2, Booth B4A-07.

    For further information, please contact: 
    Press Relations: Nia Kihlström, +46 31-337 2897; +46 706 67 28 97;

    SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. SKF offers solutions around the rotating shaft, including bearings, seals, lubrication, condition monitoring and maintenance services. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2018 were SEK 85 713 million and the number of employees was 44,428. 
    ® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.

  • Image

Download press kit

Press kit (47.5 MB)

SKF logo