GEA Marine and Naval Solutions has received an order for 12 GEA marine separators from Greek shipping company Central Mare
The marine separator, which was introduced in 2018 at the Posidonia Exhibition in Greece, specialises in purifying fuel and lube oil, bilge water treatment and sludge removal in marine applications.
GEA said its marine separator does not require a traditional motor, gearbox, belt and coupling and added that catfines will be reduced to a minimum.
GEA head of sales, global marine business, Sven Mario Jadzinski said the marine separator would provide “a 100% increase in maintenance intervals from 8,000 to 16,000 hours, a near 10% reduction in energy consumption, a space-saving design with 360° accessibility, a short payback period of just under two years, a certified flow rate and smart connectivity”.
The separator’s main innovative feature is an integrated direct drive. GEA said the direct drive offers energy savings of up to 30,000 kWh per annum. Mr Jadzinski also spoke about the ease of maintenance and said “the drive unit can be removed from the separator frame and replaced by loosening just four screws. And the integrated direct drive makes it possible to replace the drive within just 30 minutes.”
Central Mare will install all 12 GEA marine separators on board their newest tankers. Each tanker will have two GEA marine separators to pre-treat heavy and lube oil. As a result, Central Mare will have equipped nearly all its tankers with GEA marine separators.
Central Mare was incorporated in the Marshall Islands and has traded on NASDAQ since 2004. The company manages 19 vessels and its fleet is used to transport petroleum products and bulk liquid chemicals.
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