Friday, November 9, 2012

[Equipment] New pumps saving millions

New pumps saving millions

A Grundfos project aboard a Lauritzen Bulkers cargo ship shows that large vessels could be losing money on wasted energy.

A pilot project between Grundfos and Danish shipping operator Lauritzen Bulkers shows that better technology and a sharp focus on pump efficiency can mean big savings on the bottom line.

The project, carried out on the 19,889-ton Durban Bulker, focused on efficiency in ship’s pumps.

“Ships often use oversized pumps that consume too much power,” says Kim Kirkegaard, Business Development Manager at Grundfos. “After doing an energy audit we realized that a lot of energy could be saved with an improved pump system.”

The project paid off. Kirkegaard estimates that approximately 35,000 USD per year will be saved with the Durban Bulker’s new system. For larger container ships, the savings can amount to 500,000 USD per year.



Published : November 8, 2012


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