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Safe Bulkers extends scrubber partnership with Alfa Laval through service agreement

16 Jan 2020

Greek dry bulk operator Safe Bulkers recently announced the extension of a long-term partnership with Alfa Laval PureSOx service agreement, which will safeguard long-term peak performance of the open loop scrubber systems.

In June 2018, Greek dry bulk operator Safe Bulkers selected Alfa Laval to retrofit 20 of its vessels with Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber systems for exhaust gas cleaning.

Safe Bulkers ordered PureSOx retrofits for 12 Post-Panamax vessels, 6 Kamsarmax vessels and 2 Capesize vessels, with deliveries running until March 2020.

Almost 15 of those systems, which comprise open-loop scrubbers configured for multiple inlet sources, have now been installed at COSCO retrofit yards with engineering design of Alpha Marine Consulting P.C.

Throughout the process, Alfa Laval has partnered closely with the yards, providing support through locally based project managers with backing from PureSOx product centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

“Not only was there no time difference or language barrier in working with our yards, there was never any question about scope or responsibilities,” said Safe Bulkers President Dr. Loukas Barmparis.

“Alfa Laval’s team worked with us proactively to solve issues as quickly as possible, and they brought additional resources to the yard whenever time or flexibility became a concern.”

With the majority of the PureSOx retrofits completed, Safe Bulkers is now looking ahead to secure trouble-free operation.

Recently, the company signed a tailored Alfa Laval Service Agreement that will deepen the partnership between the two companies. The agreement includes connectivity and lifecycle-oriented services selected from the Alfa Laval PureSOx 360° Service Portfolio, provided for a flat yearly fee.

“We feel very satisfied with the scrubber project execution, and we want to be equally successful in the operation of our PureSOx systems,” said Dr. Barmparis.

“The Alfa Laval Service Agreement will help us safeguard long-term performance, for example by using data analysis to keep systems performing at their peak.”

In addition to genuine Alfa Laval spare parts, service kits and sensor calibration by exchange, the agreement includes services that will make corrective maintenance more plannable and maintenance costs more predictable.

“Hands-on training will lay a foundation for safe, compliant and cost-effective PureSOx operation,” he added.

Safe Bulkers crew members and superintendents will be trained at the recently opened Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Centre in Shanghai, China, where a full-size PureSOx system is installed.

“On top of that foundation, we will use data-driven PureSOx Connect services for compliance and performance monitoring.”

PureSOx Connect services will let Safe Bulkers prove compliance easily, generating automatic reports for handover to local authorities. In addition, the scrubber data will be analysed with advanced algorithms, enabling health monitoring, root-cause identification and remote service support when needed.

“Scrubber connectivity will give us deeper insights and keep our systems optimized,” he said.

“Alfa Laval will perform yearly Condition Audits of our PureSOx installations, but PureSOx Connect will help us take preventive actions and minimize the corrective needs they find.”

“We want to protect our uptime and eliminate any risk of non-compliance,” concluded Dr. Barmparis.

“As in all projects, we’ve worked hard to meet Safe Bulkers’ expectations during the sales and order execution phases,” said Alfa Laval Exhaust Gas Cleaning Director René Diks.

“Now that the orders are nearing completion, we will continue working hard to provide Safe Bulkers with support and services that will keep their PureSOx systems compliant and in top shape. More than scrubber deliveries, we see this as a long-term partnership.”

 

Photo credit: Alfa Laval
Published: 16 January, 2020

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