Harris Pye secures low-sulphur conversion contracts

06 Dec 2016
Harris Pye has seen a spike in boiler conversion requests since the introduction of US, European and Chinese ECAs, says David

Harris Pye has seen a spike in boiler conversion requests since the introduction of US, European and Chinese ECAs, says David

Engineering group Harris Pye has secured a contract to convert six vessels belonging to an undisclosed Chinese LNG group for low-sulphur diesel oil.

The contract, which includes an option for further ships, adds to the more than 75 vessels worldwide on which the group has conducted LSDO conversions. The work has been primarily on main and auxiliary boiler plants, including around main boilers on 30 LNG carriers for more than 15 companies.

Chris David, chief technical officer, Harris Pye, said: “After the initial push for vessels to be compliant for US and European emission control areas (ECAs) the new ECAs in China, which came into effect late in 2015, have resulted in an influx of enquiries and orders.”

While the sulphur limit in the Chinese ECAs is at the 0.5% mark at present, potential shortages of compliant heavy fuels and the option for ports to lower the limit to 0.1% going forward means that converting the vessels to operate on LSDO will ensure a ready fuel supply and future-proof against stricter emission limits.”

As part of the conversion process, Harris Pye has managed class submissions and conducted surveys as well as undertaking full design with client and class. The company has carried out installations both at sea and in dry dock.