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Tuesday, June 29, 2021 

Danish pump company Svanehøj has reported a breakthrough in the container ship market, with orders from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries for deepwell gas fuel pumps for a total of 22 Ultra Large Container Vessels.

Svanehøj’s scope for each vessel consists of two EFP 24-5 LNG fuel pumps (22 m) with caisson, foot valves, and control systems. A total of 44 22m-long pumps will be delivered to the Korean shipyards by the end of 2023.

The company says that the market for large container vessels is growing rapidly, and shipping companies are increasingly choosing LNG as fuel. For this reason, Svanehøj believes it is important that it has now secured its first orders for deepwell (DW) fuel pumps for LNG-powered container vessels.

Johnny Houmann, sales director, Svanehøj, said: “The two orders are a breakthrough for us and the result of a very constructive dialogue with shipyards and shipping companies. Our deepwell pumps are different from the pumps traditionally used on container vessels. This has some obvious benefits that we have had an excellent opportunity to present in the process.” 

Svanehøj’s deepwell fuel pumps operate with long service intervals, which means only two pumps per ship are required instead of the usual three. The pumps are designed to be serviced immediately without having to spend precious time emptying the tank of gas. The pump is more robust to impurities in the gas, making it more reliable.

The orders from South Korea come at a time when the market for container ships is growing rapidly. In eight months, the 'orderbook-to-fleet ratio' for container vessels has increased from 8.8% to almost 20%. At the same time, several of the largest container shipping companies have announced they are investing in LNG dual-fuel technology.

“The interest in LNG has never been greater, and with the new orders as a backrest, we are now directing an increased focus on the container segment. We already have an impressive reference list that shows that our DW fuel pump is a proven and future-proof solution. We have supplied fuel pumps for handling LNG, LPG, and ethane. We are also participating in projects on ammonia-fuelled engines, which is considered by many to be the best option for the CO2 neutral fuel of the future,” said Houmann.

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