In a move that will strengthen its presence in LNG transfer systems, Sweden-based Trelleborg’s Industrial Solutions unit has inked an agreement to acquire UK-based engineering group Signum Technology Ltd
UK-based Signum Technology delivers solutions for flow control for the oil, gas and petrochemicals industries, such as marine breakaway couplings and LNG transfer systems.
Manufacturing is in the UK, with service centres globally, and its sales were approximately US$44M in 2018.
“Combined, we are creating a very attractive offering of integrated packages and safety critical systems for both LNG ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore transfer in demanding industries”, said Trelleborg Industrial Solutions president Jean-Paul Mindermann.
Klaw LNG, a Signum Technology company, designs and engineers ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore LNG transfer systems.
Most recently Klaw LNG engineered a compact level 2 safety integrity level and safety instrumented system hose transfer system (HTS) for Shell’s 6,500-m3 LNG bunker vessel Cardissa.
“We are particularly proud that this is the world’s first SIL2-compliant ship-to-ship bunkering HTS system, largely due to the fully-automated programme logic controlled safety instrumented system, designed to continuously monitor and diagnose for the highest levels of safety and operational readiness,” said Signum Technology’s sales and compliance director Jeff Vile. “The architecture removes almost all human inputs from the transfer system set up and operation. This maximises cost efficient availability and vastly reduces the potential for human error. It also ensures that the components work seamlessly together and can be effectively managed over the system’s entire lifecycle”.
The system was used recently by Cardissa to bunker LNG-fuelled Sovcomflot Aframax tanker Gagarin Prospect at the Port of Rotterdam.