While the offshore market remains slow, pump manufacturer Pompe Garbarino is benefiting from demand in the cruise and navel sectors
In August, leading Italian pump maker Pompe Garbarino confirmed an order from Fincantieri to supply centrifugal and positive displacement pumps for the Leonardo venture, a project that will comprise six cruise ships owned by Norwegian Cruise Line.
Pompe Garbarino has a long history of manufacturing centrifugal and positive displacement pumps for a range of purposes including marine, naval, offshore and industrial. Its orderbook is especially strong in the cruise sector, with 127 cruise ships supplied to date for 17 different owners. In June the company announced it had won an order to supply pumps for an LNG-fuelled ropax vessel under construction for Viking Line with Xiamen Shipbuilding in China, with an option for a further vessel.
While the offshore market remains in a "negative period", according to managing director Paolo Garbarino, growth in the cruise and naval markets acts as a balance. He noted that 2018 turnover is 27% higher than that of 2017.
Pompe Garbarino has projects with both the Italian Navy and 28 foreign navies. In May this year the company announced an order to supply the Qatari Emiri Navy with pumps for four Doha-class multirole corvettes under construction by Fincantieri. Garbarino can supply special pumps for minehunters, submarines, frigates and corvettes, compliant with standards for vibration and shock.
In recent years, Garbarino has cooperated closely with manufacturers of scrubbers and ballast water treatment systems. Recent developments include the new MU 200-450 L vertical in-line pump: with performance of 850 m3/h and 80 m head at 1780 rpm, this pump has been designed to meet the bespoke requirements of a major customer and will expand Garbarino’s range of products intended for use with scrubbers.
Another development is the new MU 250-415 V, a 1650 m3/h pump with high efficiency rates, dedicated to seawater cooling services. The casing of this unit will be available with bottom-suction or in-line flanges to suit the customer.
For ballast water treatment purposes, a dedicated series of pumps (MU 40-125 M, MU 50-125 M, MU 65-125 M) has been designed featuring a more compact construction.
As well as providing individual pumps, Garbarino can supply packages that incorporate factory-assembled and tested piping, instruments and control panels, and can design pumps to meet the specific needs of customers. The company’s control panels can be fitted with frequency converters where energy efficiency is a concern.
Framo reports another FPSO pumping system contract
Alfa Laval subsidiary Framo has won a contract worth approximately Skr70M (US$7.8M) to supply a pumping system for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel that will be built in China.
The order includes marine pumping systems for crude oil offloading, slop, produced water, off-spec oil and ballast pump duties.
This is the fourth FPSO pumping system order Framo has reported in recent months: in April, it announced a contract for an FPSO vessel in the North Sea, worth Skr125M (US$14.2M), and another contract for an FPSO vessel to be built in China, with a value of Skr70M. In June, a further contract for another North Sea FPSO was announced, worth Skr65M.