Japanese shipping firm NYK on Tuesday (26 May) said the number of orders for its ‘Honesty’ (some functions patented) tank sounding device* has exceeded 1,000 units.
The device allows for the accurate and efficient measurement of the level of liquid in tanks on cargo ships (e.g., ballast tanks and bunker fuel tanks).
NYK states that ‘Honesty’ significantly reduces the time required to measure the level of liquids in a tank; thereby reducing crew workload, and benefits the bunker fuel supplier by guaranteeing accurate quantity measurements.
The device was developed by NYK and MTI Co., Ltd with the aim of offering a solution to margins of error in measuring oil quantity.
Since the release of the device in June 2014, the time required for measurements has been greatly diminished by about 75% compared to the previous model. Plus, the instrument’s accurate volume measurement has received excellent reviews, said NYK.
‘Honesty’s new product features:
・When the sensor is mounted on the tip of the measuring device and touches the liquid surface, the lamp and buzzer at hand are activated. The displayed value allows the user to accurately observe the distance to the liquid surface.
・The previous method of inserting the sounding tape into the tank to the predicted distance of the level of the liquid in the tank and visually confirming the liquid attached to the tape scale is no longer necessary.
・Even if cappuccino bunker occurs, the correct amount of oil can be measured because the sensor does not respond to bubbles on the liquid’s surface.
・It is possible to measure the liquid level of MGO, seawater, and freshwater, which was difficult to do in the past.
・Lightweight and easy to carry. Uses standard batteries for power, and an external power supply is not required.
Photo credit: NYK
Published: 28 May, 2020
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