Norwegian company TMC Compressors has won contracts from China’s Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Company to supply marine compressed air systems to 15 container ships.
The value of the contracts has not been disclosed.
The new 7,000 TEU Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) dual-fuel container ships are being built for Seaspan Corporation.
Each of the vessels will receive TMC’s marine compressed air system, which includes compressors for service/control air and for the SCR/EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) solution.
Considered the most energy efficient marine compressor, the compressors in the SCR/EGR system will be frequency controlled Smart Air compressors, which allow precise control of the compressor speed.
To generate the exact volume of air necessary for the actual compressed air consumption at all times, the speed of the electric motor will change by itself.
This is said to reduce both carbon emissions and operating costs.
Compared to conventional compressors, TMC Smart Air compressors have the ability to provide energy savings of up to 40%.
TMC Sales and Business Development Manager Hans Petter Tanum said, “Conventional compressor technology, which is the industry standard, operates at the same speed whether the air volume required is large or small.
“The result is a lot of wasted energy and costs. Our Smart Air compressors eliminate this waste of energy and reduce opex to a minimum. Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding wants to build an environmentally friendly ship and this is great news for suppliers, such as TMC, who can provide the appropriate technologies.
Last year, TMC secured an order from Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding to supply its marine compressed air system for four 15,000 TEU Neo-Panamax container ships.
These new builds are also being built for Seaspan Corporation, and the contract covers Smart Air compressors.
Last June, TMC received an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries for the delivery of marine air lubrication system compressors for five LNG carriers.