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Opening of Svanehøj Group Service Center in Singapore

We are excited to announce the opening of our new Service Center in Singapore. The new established Service Center will handle all service of both SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy pumps. Furthermore, we have established an extensive workshop for overhaul of pumps at the premises.

In the past decade, our service activities in the Fareast have grown. So to provide better customer experience, the natural step has been to open a fully equipped Service Center in Singapore to support our full product range and meet the needs of our customers. The Service Center is dedicated to support and help our customers 24/7 for inspections, pump repair and technical advice.

The new Service Center is operating out of our Singapore location, and our leading office person is Service Manager, Martin Lund Jensen. Martin has been with SVANEHØJ for more than two decades and has a wide experience within our full product range and the marine industry. Martin has been travelling around the globe, servicing our customers in many critical situations.

We wish our service colleagues the best of luck and hope for a smooth and prosperous upstart.

For more information about our Singapore Service Center, please call Aftersales Director, Morten Snedker Larsen +45 27 61 47 29 or call our Service Center directly +65 97 11 29 23

Gothia Tanker Alliance are making climate-savvy investments with pumps from Svanehøj

Swedish shipping companies wants to take sustainable shipping to the next level and have chosen Svanehøj’s electrically powered deepwell cargo pumps for seven new tankers.

Climate ambitions are high at the shipping companies in Gothia Tanker Alliance, which has invested over SEK 2 billion in new product/chemical tankers with PLC propulsion). The investment will take the Swedish shipping companies to the forefront when it comes to sustainable shipping.

Overall Gothia Tanker Alliance is expanding its fleet by ordering seven intermediate size P&C tankers, of which one was sold first year to Canada for trade in Great lakes.

All of the vessels are equipped with Svanehøj’s electrically powered deepwell cargo DL pump system. Gothia Tanker Alliance previously used hydraulic pumps, but has chosen to switch to electric pumps as part of its climate strategy.

– Electric cargo pumps are more energy efficient, so they help reduce our ships’ fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. We are reducing the risk of oil leaks and, at the same time, avoiding the noise nuisance which is experienced with hydraulic pumps, says Per-Anders Höglund, Vice Managing Director of Furetank AB, which is part of Gothia Tanker Alliance and owns three of the seven new tankers.

Electric cargo pumps are individually controlled by 50-60 Hz frequency converters in stepless control of the pump’s rotational speed. This reduces the wear and tear of all systems components, as well as reducing the generator ratings onboard.

The seven tankers are being delivered on an ongoing basis from 2019 to 2021, and Furetank is very pleased with the collaboration with Svanehøj:

– Svanehøj is a reliable and trustworthy supplier which stands by its commitments and acts quickly when you need it, says Per-Anders Höglund.

The vessels are built to a design developed by FKAB in collaboration with Furetank which has a special focus on having minimal impact on the environment, with a 55% CO2 reduction and an 86% NOx reduction.

According to a calculation from IVL (the Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd.), each of the new LNG tankers contributes a positive climate footprint equivalent to EUR 2.2 million per year compared to an equivalent ALT tanker.

Samsung Heavy Industries places a large order with SVANEHØJ

The Danish pump specialist is reaping the benefits of its investment in pumps for the VLEC market.

SVANEHØJ, which is located in Aalborg, Denmark, has secured an order from Samsung Heavy Industries for a total of 42 pumps for 3 new Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC). The ships have been ordered by the Chinese company Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical and will be used to carry liquid ethane from Texas, USA, to the company’s petrochemical terminal in Lianyungang, China.

The order includes 24 offloading pumps, 12 spray pumps and 6 fuel pumps, all of which will be manufactured in Denmark and delivered to Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea within the first six months of 2020.

“3-4 years ago we predicted that there would be opportunities in this area as the international demand for ethane for the production of plastics has risen. Together with our French partner, GTT, we have worked to develop solutions specifically for these VLECs, and we are now beginning to see the results,” says Sales Director Hans Høyer Jensen from SVANEHØJ.

New sulphur requirements increase demand

The order strengthens the positive development that SVANEHØJ has experienced since investment company Solix bought Wärtsilä Pumps from Finnish Wärtsilä Group in the autumn of 2018 and established Svanehøj Group with companies in Denmark, UK and Singapore.

It is not least new international requirements for ships’ sulphur emissions that are increasing activity and creating expectations of further growth at Svanehøj Group. With effect from 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in marine fuel will be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5%. This will increase demand for technology that can make ships capable of sailing on gas instead of high-polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO).

“Projections show that almost a third of ships in 2030 will sail on ethane or natural gas. So we definitely expect many more people to start looking in our direction when they need to build ships that meet the new requirements. It is a potentially massive market for us which we are already in the process of supplying,” says Hans Høyer Jensen.

He also highlights the market for scrubber systems as an area in which SVANEHØJ, through its sister company Hamworthy Pumps in Singapore, has the skills and resources to meet expected increased demand.

A strong signal

SVANEHØJ has previously supplied pump systems for ships that transport ethane, but not ships as large as the ones in this case. When the order is made by one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, it also has significant importance for SVANEHØJ’s position in the market:

“The order is a notable recognition of our expertise and a strong signal that SVANEHØJ is a competitive supplier of pumps for membrane tanks on a vast scale,” says Hans Høyer Jensen.

About Svanehøj Group A/S

Svanehøj Group designs and manufactures specialised deep well and in-line pumps for vital applications in areas such as relief of liquefied gas, management of gas fuel, engine cooling, fire protection and scrubber technology. Svanehøj Group employs approximately 230 employees in offices in Denmark, Singapore and the UK. The company manufactures the brands SVANEHØJ (Denmark), Hamworthy Pumps (Singapore), Eureka and Dolphin (UK). More info at www.svanehoj.com.

Opening of sales office in Kobe, Japan

SVANEHØJ opens office in Japan

The pump manufacturer is moving closer to a growing customer base in the East Asia, where shipbuilders are seeking solutions towards a more environmentally friendly shipping trade.

International classification firm DNV GL estimates that in 2030, over 10% of the global shipping fleet will be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG) – up from 0.3% today.

This opens the door to a huge market for pump manufacturer Svanehøj Group, which is behind the brands Svanehøj, Hamworthy Pumps, Eureka and Dolphin. This year, the company, headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark, expects to quadruple sales of its Svanehøj ECA Fuel Pump for LNG, Ethane and Methanol – and sets goal for a further doubling in 2020.

Approx. 85% of the world’s transport ships are built in Japan, Korea or China, and the growing demand for solutions towards a more environmentally friendly shipping trade now prompts Svanehøj’s establishment of a sales office in the Japanese city of Kobe.

Closer to the customers
Svanehøj supplies several of the largest shipyards in the region, including Korean Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), who placed a massive order for 48 Svanehøj pumps for three new VLECs (Very Large Ethane Carriers) earlier this year.

“We already have many customers in East Asia, particularly in Japan, and we notice a very exciting development is taking place out there. The gas market is growing rapidly, driven by a focus on getting rid of harmful particles from oil and coal. I am convinced that we can increase our sales through physical presence In East Asia,” says CEO Søren Kringelholt Nielsen.

Svanehøj has appointed Jens Peter Lund to lead the new office in Kobe, changing his title from International Sales Manager to Sales Director, Asia. Jens Peter Lund has serviced the Asian markets for many years from the headquarters in Denmark, but he has now settled in Japan to get closer to the customers.

Strong growth in new orders
The establishment of the new East Asia office is derived by the generally positive development Svanehøj has seen during its first year as an independent business. In autumn 2018 investment company Solix acquired what was then Wärtsila Pumps from the Finnish Wärtsilä Group and established Svanehøj Group with operations in Denmark, the UK and Singapore. The order intake for the first eight months of 2019 is up a third compared to the same period in 2018.

It is the new international requirements for ship emissions of sulphur that are particularly pushing for the development in the shipbuilding industry. Effective from 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in marine fuel is to be reduced from 3.5% to 0.5%, and this increases the demand for Svanehøj’s pump solutions for gas.

Critical case solved and completed within hours from first customer contact

“The job was performed in a good and safe way in just some hours, and we could sail during early evening”

Niklas Andersson
Technical Manager, Rederi AB Veritas Tankers

 

The P&C vessel M/T Astina, owned by Rederi AB Veritas Tankers, experienced a severe pump failure during discharge in Halmstad.

 

During the stay in Halmstad, the vessel crew was guided on how to troubleshoot on the failure, directly from Denmark by one of the SVANEHØJs superintendents. The troubleshooting showed that failure was caused by a broken drive shaft or a broken coupling between drive shafts.

A SVANEHØJ service engineer was rescheduled to pas Halmstad on his way to a job in Poland.

As the vessel had a tight schedule, the stay in Halmstad was limited to 5 hours. Within this timeframe, the pump was lifted and investigated. The failure was located to a broken shaft coupling which was replaced together with a long drive shaft.

 

“We were able to continue with the discharge operation in a safe way and with just some hours behind schedule“.

Niklas Andersson

 

Furthermore, the pump was completely refitted with new bearings, shaft seals, wear rings and soft parts before mounting the pumps back in the tank, all within a 5 hours timeframe.

 

Customer name: Rederi AB Veritas Tankers
Ship’s name: Astina
IMO No: 9320052
Pumps installed: 12 pcs. DL132d/150

Svanehøj Group appoints new CEO

Søren Kringelholt Nielsen has been appointed as the new CEO of Svanehøj Group A/S, which is headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark.

46-year-old Søren Kringelholt Nielsen comes from Hydra Tech Industries, where he has been the CEO since 2012. His experience also includes several years at Siemens Wind Power in roles including director of the global blade business. This means that an internationally experienced figure will be at the helm of Svanehøj Group from 1 March.

– With the appointment of Søren Kringelholt Nielsen, Svanehøj Group is getting a CEO with strong international experience and thorough knowledge of the complex solutions demanded by our customers. This means that Søren Kringelholt Nielsen has a solid basis for ensuring the realisation of Svanehøj Group’s ambitious strategy and growth plan under the new ownership. I look forward to a good and close co-operation, says chairman Søren Ø. Sørensen.

New ownership creates new opportunities 

Svanehøj Group – a designer and manufacturer of specialised deepwell and in-line pumps for the marine and oil and gas industries – became an independent company in the autumn of 2018, when investment company Solix purchased what was then Wärtsilä Pumps from the Finnish Wärtsilä Group.

With the brands Svanehøj, Hamworthy Pumps, Eureka and Dolphin among the product offering, the new Svanehøj Group is already present in more than 100 markets globally. The agenda for the coming years is to continue international growth, and this is a task that the new CEO is looking forward to:

– I look forward to spearheading a solid and notable business with good opportunities for growth and further job creation, says Søren Kringelholt Nielsen.

About Svanehøj Group A/S 

Svanehøj Group designs and manufactures specialised deep well and in-line pumps for vital applications in areas such as relief of liquefied gas, management of gas fuel, engine cooling, fire protection and scrubber technology.

Svanehøj Group employs approximately 300 employees in offices in Denmark, Singapore and the UK. The company manufactures the brands Svanehøj, Hamworthy Pumps, Eureka and Dolphin.