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DAMEN SHIPREPAIR SIGNS SCRUBBER SERVICE AGREEMENT

Friday, May 15, 2020 

Damen Shiprepair Harbour & Voyage (DSHV) has signed a joint partnership cooperation with Verolme Special Equipment for the provision of services to exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), widely known as Marine Scrubbers.

Damen says that the agreement resulted from a mutual understanding that both parties’ clients were seeking wider availability of services for on board scrubber installations – either in port or underway. The partnership will create a global service provider of EGCS, supporting cleaner, emissions-reduced shipping worldwide and available 24/7.

According to Damen, more vessels are having scrubbers installed as one of the options to comply with IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap. However, this increase in scrubber installations represents a potential increase in maintenance, service, modifications and repairs.  Jozeph WD Quak (DSGHV MD) said: “With any new technology, there is always a learning curve, and this is also with the EGCS. There are potential problems due to vibrations in the new added steel structures and related. Additionally, the acidic nature of Sulphur can cause corrosion to the discharge piping, overboard pipes and scrubber system itself."

He points out that existing systems are displaying a significant increase in corroded and cracked pipework, and believes that replacement by GRE pipe systems and installation of SMO on crucial locations provides the solution. "Many systems have been installed without proper material considerations and we see that (early) failure of parts and serious corrosion damage is not rare. The partnership between Damen Shiprepair Harbour & Voyage and Verolme Special Equipment provides a complete service for all problems that might occur. We can assist our clients anytime and anywhere, to keep vessels sailing without or with very short down-time in case mentioned problems occur and repairs are necessary," he said. 

The parties will work in close cooperation with OEMs of EGGS systems. Along with Damen's considerable experience in exotic materials as for example SMO, Super Duplex, Titanium, all kinds of SS and GRE piping, they hope to provide an optimal solution.

This service will be provided 24/7 worldwide with a lead time of max 24-hour notice, prior attending of the vessel. Accordingly, a team will attend and after a site inspection a suitable recovery plan will be provided making sure downtime is limited to the minimum.

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