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TMC wins a compressed air system contract for Petredec ships

The company claimed that its Smart Air compressors can save around 50% energy compared to conventional compressors. Credit: Shaah Shahidh / Unsplash.

Norwegian company TMC Compressors (TMC) has won an undisclosed value contract with Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) for the delivery of its marine compressed air system for six liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers.

The 93,000 m3 LPG carriers are under construction for the LPG transport company Petredec, which operates 21 very large gas carriers (VLGC).

As part of the contract, each of the vessels will receive a complete marine compressed air system, comprising two frequency-controlled Smart Air compressors and an air dryer.

The company claimed that its Smart Air compressors can save up to 50% energy compared to conventional compressors.

TMC Sales and Business Development Director Hans Petter Tanum said: “These six vessels have very strong green credentials. Pairing our Smart Air compressors with shipowners and shipyards who invest in making their ships as environmentally friendly as possible is of strategic importance to us.

Equipped with dual fuel LPG propulsion, the ships will be loaded with a shaft generator to use the LPG as auxiliary power at sea.

Featuring Jiangnan’s 93,000 cbm Panda-class design, LPG carriers will feature patented “gloss technology” for improved hull efficiency and reduced fuel consumption.

Based on frequency-controlled technology, the compressors offer precise control of compressor speed, TMC said.

Depending on the requirement, the speed of the electric motor will adjust to generate the exact volume of air needed to meet the actual compressed air consumption.

As lower air consumption will require less speed on the compressor, power consumption will also be reduced.

TMC supplies compressed air systems for marine and offshore use worldwide.

In June, TMC was awarded a contract from Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply compressors for marine air lubrication systems for five liquefied natural gas carriers.