Singapore-based pump manufacturer Hamworthy Pumps has re-entered the tanker market and secured contracts to supply pump room systems for three large tankers, with an option for a fourth
Two of the ships, both Aframax-size crude oil tankers, are being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries for the Finnish oil refiner Neste. The third, a 152,000-dwt DP2 shuttle tanker, is being built at COSCO Zhoushan Shipyard for Norwegian operator Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers.
Hamworthy Pumps director, pump room systems Terje Bjornemo said “We have a strong ambition to gain market share in pump room systems. Neste and Knutsen are crucial references for us in that context. We continuously develop our solutions in close co-operation with end-users, ship designers and strategically selected vendors. With these orders, we send the message that we have the expertise and the setup to deliver the customised pumping solutions the market demands.”
Hamworthy Pumps was previously part of Wärtsilä but has resumed operations as an independent brand following a takeover by Scandinavian venture capital firm Solix. The re-entry into the tanker market is part of a larger growth plan, the company said.
Hamworthy Pumps worked with Danish electrical motor specialist Hoyer Motors, a subcontractor for electrical drive systems. to secure the orders for pump room systems for the three shuttle tankers.
Hoyer Group chief executive Henrik Sørensen said “In recent years, we have strengthened our capability to serve the marine industry including expanded facilities in China and a new range of ATEX and IECEx certified, explosion-proof marine motors. For these specific tankers we developed special water-cooled motors to meet the PRS requirements and will continue to invest in R&D as we strongly believe in the tanker market potential.”
Both companies are also in the process of significantly upgrading on service and aftersales. Hoyer Motors has taken active steps into the aftermarket and is represented via selected partners in Houston, Rotterdam, Singapore and Shanghai, among others.
In 2019, Hamworthy Pumps opened a large service centre in Singapore together with its sister company Svanehøj, and it is currently rolling out a new global service provider concept.
Riviera is producing a range of technical and operational webinars and virtual events with the industry’s foremost experts. Sign up to attend on our events page.