DSHV and Verolme Special Equipment are joining forces to provide scrubber services Photo: DSHV
Damen Shiprepair Harbour & Voyage (DSHV) has signed a joint partnership cooperation with Verolme Special Equipment for the provision of services to exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS).
More and more vessels are having scrubbers installed as one of the options to comply with IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap. This increase in scrubber installations represents a potential increase in maintenance, service, modifications and repairs, as Jozeph W.D. Quak, managing director of DSHV explained.
“With any new technology there is always a learning curve and this is also with the EGCS,” he said. “There are potential problems due to vibrations in the new added steel structures. Additionally, the acidic nature of sulphur can cause corrosion to the discharge piping, overboard pipes and scrubber system itself.”
This corrosion is already being observed in existing systems, resulting in a significant increase in damaged and cracked pipework. Replacement by GRE pipe systems and installation of SMO on crucial locations solves this problem.
“Many systems have been installed without proper material considerations and we see that early failure of parts and serious corrosion damage is not rare,” continued Mr Quak. “The partnership between Damen Shiprepair Harbour & Voyage and Verolme Special Equipment provides a complete service for all problems that might occur.”