GEA has launched a compact marine separator it says will increase efficiency on board vessels due to its low-maintenance design.
The separator is meant to be replaced after 16,000 operating hours, meaning it requires no unplanned maintenance, according to GEA, who said the simplified design reduced space requirements for the unit by 50%.
"Maintenance effort on board is reduced by up to 90% with simultaneous lower maintenance costs and maximum machine availability," said GEA head of sales Sven Mario Jadzinski.
Jadzinski said it would take owners between one and two years to recoup their investment on the unit, given the reduced man hours for maintenance and added fuel efficiency.
The flagship of its new separator series, GEA claims its interchangable drive module operates at over 96% efficiency, offering a best-case potential saving of up to 30,000 kWh per year. The unit's direct drive is a synchronous motor that requires no belt and no coupling, allowing the spindle and motor to be packaged together as a plug-and-play module. The separator is accessible from all sides to simplify installation and maintenance.
Based on the CWE 15375 standard, the GEA's marine separator allows full transparency, top certified flow rates and can be tailored to fit individual main engine designs. The separator unit is OEM-certified and can be delivered worldwide to set locations, with same day delivery available, according to GEA.
GEA EffiClean disk cleaning of mineral oil separators
The GEA EffiClean unit can clean disk stacks in 20 minutes, cutting time on what has been, traditionally, a labour-intensive task. The cleaning process can be carried out directly on the running machine without disassembling the parts, according to GEA. Mr Jadzinski said the unit starts from US$3,500.
GEA BallastMaster marineX chemical-free BWTS
GEA has also developed a chemical-free ballast water treatment system (BWTS) with Trojan Technologies. The GEA BallastMaster marineX is designed for a throughput of 150-1500 m³/h and is expected to receive US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval soon.
The system disinfects organisms with a UVT value of 44% without using chemicals. The UV lamp in the unit does not require cleaning, and has an expected working life of 12,000 hours prior to replacement. It is powerful enough to penetrate and disinfect brackish water.
The unit combines 32-μm filtration with subsequent UV irradiation for disinfection in one housing. Differential pressure-controlled filter backwashing and quartz flask cleaning creates stable disinfection and keeps the unit in compliance with IMO limits.