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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

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