The growing demand for LNG fueled containerships is providing somewhat of a bonanza for pump manufacturer Svanehøj. It has booked orders from shipyard giants Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries to supply deepwell gas fuel pumps for 22 ultra large container vessels, with a capacities ranging from 15,000 to 23,500 TEU.
Svanehøj will deliver a total of 44 of the 22-meter long pumps to the Korean shipyards by the end of 2023.
“The two orders are a breakthrough for us and the result of a very constructive dialogue with shipyards and shipping companies,” says Johnny Houmann, sales director at Svanehøj. “Our deepwell pumps are different from the pumps traditionally used on container vessels. This has some obvious benefits that we have had an excellent opportunity to present in the process.”
Compared with other fuel pumps, Svanehøj’s deepwell fuel pumps operate with significantly longer service intervals, which means only two pumps per ship are required instead of the usual three. A decisive factor in winning this latest order was that Svanehøj’s pumps are designed to be serviced immediately without having to spend precious time emptying the tank of gas. Additionally, the pump is more resistant to impurities in the gas, making it more reliable.
“The interest in LNG has never been greater, and with the new orders as a backrest, we are now directing an increased focus on the container segment,” says Houmann. :We already have an impressive reference list that shows that our DW fuel pump is a proven and future-proof solution. We have supplied fuel pumps for handling LNG, LPG, and ethane. We are also participating in projects on ammonia-fueled engines, which is considered by many to be the best option for the CO2 neutral fuel of the future.”