VLCC success for Hamworthy pumps

10 Jan 2011

Fluid-handling specialist Hamworthy has signed a contract with marine equipment purchaser Hua Hai Engineering & Equipment Co., Ltd to deliver pump room systems for installation on four VLCCs to be constructed in China.

The ships, which will be built for CSC Nanjing Tanker at Guangzhou Longxue Shipbuilding follow on from 10 previous VLCCs contracted by the same owner at Jiangnan Shipyard and Bohai Shipyard, all of which are being equipped with pump room systems from Hamworthy.

“This contract was won due to the proven technical ability of our equipment on previously built VLCCs,” said Terje Bjornemo, Hamworthy pump room systems sales director. Bjornemo said that the scope of delivery would include three 2,500kW steam turbine-driven heavy duty cargo pumps in superior Ni-Al-Bronze material and two ballast pumps featuring the same material and one stripping pump. The cargo pumps would be supported by a genuine vacuum stripping system. All systems would be controlled by a PLC-based Hamworthy cargo control system.

A significant factor in the decision to specify a Hamworthy system was the group’s global support and service network, Bjornemo said. “We see it as significant that NJTC is able to take advantage of our comprehensive after-sales service, and has expressed this in its latest newbuilding plans,” he said. “NJTC crew also benefited from our training offering, held in Nanjing overseen by the Hamworthy Singapore service centre in close cooperation with Hua Hai.”

The latest deal crowns a run of contracts for the Hamworthy pump room systems business. In October, Hamworthy secured a contract from SBM Offshore subsidiary Gusto to supply seawater lift pumps and electric fire pumps for installation on board the Cidade de Paraty FPSO vessel, due into Brazilian waters in 2013. Hamworthy was also recently contracted to deliver cargo pump room system, seawater lift and firewater pumps for the Papa Terra FPSO under conversion at COSCO Dalian, for redelivery by late 2011.

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