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TMC wins ALS compressor contract for seven LNG carriers

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TMC Compressors of the Seas has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to deliver its air lubrication system compressors to seven LNG carriers the shipbuilder is constructing for Capital Gas Corp.

In the statement, TMC claims it has developed a range of marine compressors for use in combination with air lubrication systems (ALS) to help ships further reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Under the terms of the contract, TMC will supply three marine ALS compressors to each of the seven LNG carriers. The company will also provide its ALS control system that is integrated in a specially designed control cabinet. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

According to the statement, the equipment will be built in Norway and shipped to HHI in South Korea.

Hans Petter Tanum, TMC’s director of sales and business development, said: “During the past 15 years, we have more or less constantly tried to identify new ways of reducing energy consumption and the environmental footprint of our compressors. Identifying new usage areas for our compressors, such as ALS, is part of our commitment to making shipping greener. Landing such a significant contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries is a fantastic seal of approval for our new range of ALS compressors.”

The seven LNG carriers will be equipped HHI’s self-developed Hi-ALS air lubrication system, which is able to cut fuel consumption by up to 8%. They will each have a cargo capacity of 174 000 m3, and will be delivered in 2020 and 2021.

TMC’s marine compressed air systems for ALS will be coupled with the Hi-ALS system to generate the required stream of air bubbles that passes continuously beneath the ship’s surface, thereby reducing frictional resistance between the hull and the seawater and producing the desired energy-saving effect.

Hans Petter Tanum added: “Given the significant operational cost savings that ALS offer shipowners, we expect this technology to become mainstream in the coming decade. To play a part in this trend through our marine compressor technology is certainly one of our key objectives going forward.”

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