Danish pump manufacturer Svanehøj has launched its newly developed environmentally friendly Flow Control system, which automates the control of electric cargo pumps on tankers.
The launch of the newly developed software-based control system follows a successful test in collaboration with the Swedish shipping company Furetank on the P&C tanker Fure Ven. The 18,000 DWT vessel was built in 2019 as one of Furetank’s V-Series, a new generation of climate-smart P&C tankers.
Svanehøj’s system makes it faster, easier, and more efficient to operate electric cargo pumps. It ensures an optimal changeover between tanks and pumps in parallel, reducing the time needed for cargo discharge by up to 20% because the system will automatically operate at the optimal duty point. It allows the operator to take full control of the pumps, simplifying the entire cargo discharge operation without installing any additional hardware.
Fure Ven is among the first vessels at Furetank to have electric cargo pumps installed. The company has recorded a 25% reduction in power and fuel consumption in relation to cargo discharge operations compared to vessels in the fleet that have hydraulic pumps.