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Ecochlor launches NanoVapor gas-freeing fuel tank technology

Ballast water management technology firm Ecochlor has inked an agreement to represent NanoVapor in launching a gas-freeing fuel tank technology that aims to improve crew safety while reducing time and environmental pollution related to gas-freeing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cargo or bunker tanks.

A single application of the NanoVapor technology can suppress VOCs for days, and the degassing process is more cost effective than traditional methods of cleaning the tanks.

“The NanoVapor solution is by far the easiest, quickest and less expensive way to make a tank completely safe to work on. By using NanoVapor, the downtime of each tank is one day. By using alternative methods, such as water filling, the downtime can be as much as three days,” said Stuart Bayliss, service manager at Kidderminster Petroleum Services which has used the technology.

Steve Candito, ceo of Ecochlor, commented: “This new technology will assist vessel owners with their IMO 2020 compliance, given the increased need for bunker tank cleaning with the change of fuel grades and specifications. We believe the NanoVapor unit will greatly improve enclosed space crew safety and provide a better solution for shipowners as they face fuel emission deadlines.”

Kuba Szymanski, secretary general of InterManager, trade association for the ship management sector, said: “InterManager is watching closely for the arrival of NanoVapor by Ecochlor as it promises to be breakthrough technology for Enclosed Space Procedures.

“Just imagine having a chemical which will be able to suppress toxic vapours emission – would that be the technological advance which would help our seafarers? We sincerely hope so! Coupled with naval architects more responsible attitude to the design of spaces which require humans to work in, this technology should provide a much safer environment for crew,” Szymanski added.

NanoVapor is finalising testing with Lloyd’s Register (LR) for type approval with the expectation of completion by Marintec China 2019.

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