With a new software-based control system for both newbuilds and existing vessels, Svanehøj will make it faster, easier, and more efficient to operate electric cargo pumps.
FlowControl connects to the VFD, and the system will automatically operate the cargo pumps at the optimal duty point. This reduces port time, fuel consumption and maintenance costs for the cargo pumps.
A significant improvement
In recent months, Svanehøj has been testing FlowControl in collaboration with the Swedish shipping company Furetank on board the 18,000 DTW P&C tanker Fure Ven.
“We have experienced a significant improvement, especially while discharging with multiple (four or six) cargo pumps simultaneously against high backpressure and high power output. Some tuning can be done when running multiple pumps at low speed against medium or high backpressure. But overall, we are delighted with the FlowControl system,” says Clas Gustafsson, Technical Manager at Furetank.
A matter of choosing the right software
As FlowControl does not require any additional hardware, the system can be installed while the ship is in operation. Once the service engineer is onboard, the vessel will be upgraded within a few days in parallel with the loading/discharge operation.
“Operators are currently changing between cargo tanks during discharge. This requires the speed of the pumps to be adjusted manually. When you adjust the speed, the pumps will operate outside of the optimal duty point. But with the new PLC possibilities, we now can design pumping curves together with the software, without being limited by the construction of the pump. With FlowControl we are making discharging of P&C a matter of choosing the right software,” says Anders Lürzer Askholm, Service Manager, at Svanehøj.
Want to know more?
For more information, please visit https://www.svanehoj.com/service-solutions/flow-control/