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Monday, November 25, 2019 

Ecochlor has formalised its agreement to represent the NanoVapor technology, which suppresses VOCs from cargo or bunker tanks, in the maritime industry.

The NanoVapor technology is said to improve crew safety while reducing time and risk of environmental pollution related to gas-freeing VOCs from anks. The degassing process is claimed to be more cost effective than traditional methods of tank cleaning, with a single application capable of suppressing VOCs for several days.

A NanoVapor unit consists of two components: a nano-suppressant liquid, TankSafe and a ST-1000 portable delivery unit. The delivery unit operates using a compressed air source to create a high-flow air stream to inject the suppressant molecules into the tank. The molecular suppressant is said to work up to 90% faster than current enclosed space procedures to quickly suppress VOC evaporation.

TankSafe is formulated from renewable materials, is biodegradable and leaves no residue or hazardous waste product. The delivery unit is intrinsically safe and ATEX Zone 2 rated with no electrical or moving parts.

“This new technology will assist vessel owners with their IMO 2020 compliance, given the increased need for bunker tank cleaning with the change of fuel grades and specifications. We believe the NanoVapor unit will greatly improve enclosed space crew safety and provide a better solution for shipowners as they face fuel emission deadlines,” said Steve Candito, Ecochlor CEO.

InterManager has actively promoted reduction of risks in enclosed spaces. Secretary General Kuba Szymanski said: “InterManager is watching closely for the arrival of NanoVapor by Ecochlor as it promises to be break-through technology for Enclosed Space Procedures. Just imagine having a chemical which will be able to suppress toxic vapours emission - would that be the technological advance which would help our seafarers? We sincerely hope so. Coupled with naval architects more responsible attitude to the design of spaces which require humans to work in, this technology should provide a much safer environment for crew. We can’t wait for NanoVapor to be available for our ships.”

NanoVapor is currently undergoing type approval testing with Lloyd’s Register.

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