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Evac introduces ORCA III, the small footprint physicochemical wastewater treatment unit

Evac, the leading supplier of advancedwastewater collection and treatment solutions introduces the ORCA III smallfootprint physicochemical advanced wastewater treatment unit, the company said in a statement.

The ORCA III is the ideal wastewatertreatment system for merchant vessels, navy and patrol vessels, ferries,offshore supply vessels, service vessels and platforms, and for mega-yachts,requiring a compact design, small volume and footprint and fully automatedoperation.

The ORCA III comes in six different sizes,with a hydraulic loading capacity ranging from 20cu.m./day down to1.5cu.m./day. It is ideally suited for efficient wastewater treatment forvessels which stay idle part of the time, thanks to its physicochemicaltreatment technology. The system meets the requirements of MEPC 159(55) of theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO).

"With the ORCA III now in production,Evac offers the whole range of advanced wastewater treatment systems for themarine industry," says Mika Karjalainen, General Manager of Evac Oy."Its predecessor, the ORCA II unit, has been installed over the years onseveral hundred vessels, and it complements our MBR biological membranewastewater treatment units, also installed on several hundred vessels to date,which also fulfils the MEPC 159(55) requirements."

In the ORCA III wastewater treatment systemthe sewage from the holding tank for black and grey water is transferred, usinga macerator pump, to a sedimentation tank through a static mixer andflocculation dosing. In a separate second tank section the clarified liquid isre-circulated through a disc filter and the organic matter is oxidised withHypochlorite, after which the clean wastewater is discharged overboard. Being fully automatic the ORCA III is safeand easy to operate and maintain. The operation costs are low. The completepackage includes also the transfer/macerator pump. 

Evac is a global market leader regardingthe contracted number of advanced onboard wastewater process systems. Inaddition to the ORCA III family of physicochemical wastewater treatment unitsthe company produces also its MBR biological membrane-based advanced wastewatertreatment system.

The company is also the market leader inonboard vacuum toilet technology for the marine industry. For the Mega Yachtmarket several new products are currently being introduced, including a newsmall capacity Evac E16 vacuum pump. The smaller capacity units of the ORCA IIIalso fit perfectly into this segment, thanks to its compact design andautomatic operation. 

Wärtsilä says Exhaust Gas Scrubber production can now be ramped up

The development of Exhaust Gas Scrubbertechnology for SOx emissions control has advanced to the point that it is nowpossible to quickly ramp up production volumes to meet the increasing demand inthe marine market as regulations become more stringent. Wärtsilä and Metso, twoFinnish engineering groups, have extensive experience of scrubber technology inland-based installation. In December 2010 Wärtsilä received its firstcommercial scrubber order for a marine application, the company said in astatement.

Wärtsilä Corporation, the global leader incomplete power lifecycle solutions and services, and Metso Corporation havesigned an agreement to co-operate in developing and delivering scrubber systemsfor marine applications. Under the terms of this agreement, Metso is to supplythe scrubber unit, while Wärtsilä is responsible for world-wide sales andintegration of complete, certified, documented marine scrubber systems,including automation, water treatment, and ancillaries. Both Wärtsilä and Metsohave extensive experience in the use of scrubber technology for land-basedinstallations.

Wärtsilä and Metso have already for anumber of years worked together in the development of scrubber technology. In2005 the two companies, together with other companies within the Finnishmaritime cluster, embarked on a programme to develop a feasible marinescrubber.

By autumn 2007, the project had reached thestage of being ready for a test installation. A tanker, the MT 'Suula', ownedby the Neste Shipping division of the Finnish company, Neste Oil Oyj, was madeavailable and the project-testing phase began in November 2008. During the testperiod, which was completed in mid-2010, the 'Suula' operated primarily in theBaltic Sea but also visited many North Sea harbours. The sulphur removalefficiency was proven to be excellent and well within the InternationalMaritime Organization's (IMO) most stringent limits. Furthermore, the dischargewater was also proven to be well in compliance with IMO Washwater Guidelines.

This extensive development programme, fromthe establishment of the project group in 2005 until finalisation of the pilottests on board a working tanker in 2010, culminated in the Wärtsilä SOxscrubber becoming the first such unit to be certified for marine applications.The classification societies Det Norske Veritas, Germanisher Lloyd and BureauVeritas have granted the Wärtsilä unit a SOx Emissions Compliance Certificate.

In December 2010, Wärtsilä received its firstcommercial order for a scrubber for a marine application. Containerships LtdOy, a Finnish shipping customer, placed a contract for a turnkey installationonboard its vessel, 'Containerships VII', a ship equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64main engine. The scope of the order includes a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber.The scrubber will be delivered to the customer in August 2011.

The more stringent IMO sulphur regulations,which require strict sulphur oxides control, are due to enter into force inJanuary 2015 and will apply to Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs). Withthis in mind, a rapid ramp-up and development of the scrubber market isforeseen. Following the systematic development of this technology, itssuccessful validation, and the agreement between Wärtsilä and Metso, Wärtsiläis committed and ready to fulfil the needs of the shipping industry regardingscrubber technology. The units can be delivered both for new ships, and as aretrofit for ships already in service.

Services is one of the three Wärtsilä'sbusinesses alongside Ship Power and Power Plants. Headquartered in Helsinki,Finland, Wärtsilä Corporation operates the most extensive service network inthe industry. Wärtsilä offers a range of services to both the global marine andenergy markets. The company's extensive services portfolio includes spare partsand field services, servicing of engines, propulsion systems, electrical andautomation systems, as well as boilers.

It also covers environmental servicesand solutions, upgrades and conversions, as well as long-term agreements forengine and propulsion systems and training services. Wärtsilä's servicebusiness is also a leader in the development of new service concepts to meetcustomers' needs in attaining optimal operational efficiency. Wärtsilä Serviceshas some 70 fully owned workshops and employs more than 11,000 serviceprofessionals.

Princess newbuilds to feature Membrane BioReactor

Two vessels to be built by Fincantieri for Princess Cruises will become the latest cruise ships to feature Membrane BioReactor (MBR), the technology specifically designed to meet wastewater discharge requirements in even the most sensitive of seas.

Each 3,600 passenger capacity, 141,000gt ship will be fitted with two MBR24 systems, to enable responsible operations anywhere in the world. With the delivery date for the first vessel due in spring 2013, the first two MBRs will be delivered in August 2011, for installation/commissioning by December 2012. The second vessel is due to be delivered in spring 2014 with equipment delivery in May 2012 and installation/commissioning by December 2013.

Hamworthy’s MBR has been shown to surpass new IMO wastewater discharge regulations by a significant margin: it achieves suspended solids limits of 3.1mg/l, BOD5 of 2.6mg/l, while faecal coliform islimited to 10.6 cfu per 100m/l. Both residual chlorine levels and pH are also within limits defined for sensitive waters.

Based on biological degradation and membrane separation, the MBR yields the highest quality discharge without requiring any addition or generation of chemicals hazardous to the maritime or shipboard environment. To date, Hamworthy has supplied over 100MBR units to a range of new and existing cruise ships, ferries, offshore rigs, naval ships, and yachts since their introduction in 2000. 

Wärtsilä gas scrubber ready for volume production

The development of Exhaust Gas Scrubber technology for SOx emissions control has advanced to the point that it is now possible to quickly ramp up production volumes to meet the increasing demand in the marine market as regulations become more stringent. Wärtsilä and Metso have extensive experience of scrubber technology in land-based installation. In December 2010 Wärtsilä received its first commercial scrubber order for a marine application.

Wärtsilä Corporation, the global leader in complete power lifecycle solutions and services, and Metso Corporation have signed an agreement to co-operate in developing and delivering scrubber systems for marine applications. Under the terms of this agreement, Metso is to supply the scrubber unit, while Wärtsilä is responsible for world-wide sales and integration of complete, certified, documented marine scrubber systems, including automation, water treatment, and ancillaries. Both Wärtsilä and Metso have extensive experience in the use of scrubber technology for land-based installations.

Long co-operation and comprehensive experience

Wärtsilä and Metso have already for a number of years worked together in the development of scrubber technology. In 2005 the two companies, together with other companies within the Finnish maritime cluster, embarked on a programme to develop a feasible marine scrubber.

By autumn 2007, the project had reached the stage of being ready for a test installation. A tanker, the Suula, owned by the Neste Shipping division of the Finnish company, Neste Oil Oyj, was made available and the project-testing phase began in November 2008. During the test period, which was completed in mid-2010, the Suula operated primarily in the Baltic Sea but also visited many North Sea harbours. The sulphur removal efficiency was proven to be excellent and well within the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) most stringent limits. Furthermore, the discharge water was also proven to be well in compliance with IMO Washwater Guidelines.

This extensive development programme, from the establishment of the project group in 2005 until finalisation of the pilot tests on board a working tanker in 2010, culminated in the Wärtsilä SOx scrubber becoming the first such unit to be certified for marine applications. The classification societies Det Norske Veritas, Germanisher Lloyd and Bureau Veritas have granted the Wärtsilä unit a SOx Emissions Compliance Certificate.

First commercial order for Wärtsilä

In December 2010, Wärtsilä received its first commercial order for a scrubber for a marine application. Containerships Ltd Oy, a Finnish shipping customer, placed a contract for a turnkey installation onboard its vessel, Containerships VII, a ship equipped with a Wärtsilä W7L64 main engine The scope of the order includes a Wärtsilä fresh water scrubber. The scrubber will be delivered to the customer in August 2011.

The more stringent IMO sulphur regulations, which require strict sulphur oxides control, are due to enter into force in January 2015 and will apply to Sulphur Emissions Control Areas (SECAs). With this in mind, a rapid ramp-up and development of the scrubber market is foreseen. Following the systematic development of this technology, its successful validation, and the agreement between Wärtsilä and Metso, Wärtsilä is committed and ready to fulfil the needs of the shipping industry regarding scrubber technology. The units can be delivered both for new ships, and as a retrofit for ships already in service.

Vizada and Thrane & Thrane in new maritime broadband venture

Vizada, the leading independent provider of global satellite-based mobility services and hardware manufacturer Thrane & Thrane have signed a partnership agreement to launch a new broadband offer to the maritime market. Via their shared distribution channels, the partnership will offer shipping companies a unique maritime mobile broadband package that combines the strengths of Thrane & Thrane hardware with Vizada VSAT and MSS services and solutions.

 

The maritime mobile broadband package includes Thrane & Thrane’s SAILOR 900 VSAT and SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals combined with Vizada’s Pharostar VSAT and FleetBroadband service and the recently launched Vizada XChange, a unified platform that provides a secure and controlled communications environment for voice and broadband data. Vizada complements the package with Vizada Solutions for messaging, prepaid communications and traffic control.

 

Thrane & Thrane’s innovative new Ku-band antenna, SAILOR 900 VSAT, is already being tested over Vizada’s Pharostar global Ku-band VSAT service. SAILOR 900 VSAT is a powerful, quick and easy-to-install stabilized Ku-band VSAT antenna that will be available for vessels of all size and type following its forthcoming commercial release in summer 2011. Thrane & Thrane’s global service network will provide worldwide technical support and on board assistance for the VSAT antenna and FleetBroadband systems.

 

Vizada’s Pharostar VSAT service will be supplemented with FleetBroadband in areas where Ku-band coverage is unavailable, therefore providing global coverage at all times. The service connectivity switching between VSAT and FleetBroadband will be managed through the new Vizada XChange platform. Vizada’s owned and operated global VSAT infrastructure provides the flexibility to create specially designed VSAT airtime flat fees suited to the needs of the transportation and merchant sector and driving down costs for shipping companies.

 

Vizada and Thrane & Thrane will also co-operate and combine their efforts towards their shared distribution channels to increase the effectiveness of marketing, distribution, delivery and support for the new package.

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