SKF reveals new bilge water treatment and monitoring solutions at SMM'18

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    2018 September 05, 14:00 CEST

    SKF delivers new systems to help ship operators meet and, in some cases, exceed their obligations under the current International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78).

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 5 September 2018: SKF will be taking a booth at the world's leading international maritime trade fair later this year, where it will be launching two new products from the company's bilge water treatment and monitoring solutions portfolio. Taking place in Hamburg, September 4-7, SMM 2018 will provide the launch venue for SKF's Turbulo SolidMaster and Turbulo HycaLogger, which are designed to improve the de-oiling process of currently installed oily-water separator systems and provide accurate records of the content of bilge discharges in the event of MARPOL 73/78 compliance disputes, respectively.

    The Turbulo SolidMaster is a filtration system installed between oil skimming equipment, such as SKF's Turbulo Sludge Buoy, and an oily water separator (OWS), such as SKF's Turbulo Mechanical Phase Breaker system, to mechanically remove suspended solids from bilge water and thus help to extend the life expectancy of the OWS separation elements. Removal of these solids also reduces incidences of 'false' oil high alarms which may delay discharge of otherwise adequately treated oily bilge water. Additionally, Turbulo SolidMaster will support an Integrated Bilge Water Treatment System (IBTS) which is (still) a voluntary but IMO-recommended system to minimize the amount of oily bilge water generated in machinery spaces, by treating different types of liquids e.g. leaked water and oil separately.

    Turbulo SolidMaster is comprised of a deep filtration unit made in the form of a metal perforated cylinder that is reusable. This unit is then equipped with two disposable filter bags that need to be exchanged when saturated. The saturation of the filter bag will be indicated by pressure gauges.

    The Turbulo HycaLogger is an electronic data logging device that collects and records sensor measurements e.g. of flow rate and oil content, pursuant with the MARPOL 73/78 regulations. In addition, these measurements are time-stamped and correlated with instantaneous geographical location information provided by an external GPS system. These data are recorded in a database that can be exported via a USB port into a csv-file running on an tablet or laptop.

    The Turbulo HycaLogger can be mounted directly on the OWS or located conveniently near to it. The system is provided with a 4.3 inch touch-screen that displays the measured values while facilitating manual control inputs.

    SKF will be in Hall A1, booth 210 of the Hamburg Messehallen from 4th to 7th September 2018 where these new bilge water treatment and monitoring products, along with many other innovative marine sector solutions, can be viewed.

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