Geneva DryViganTBA GroupPort of South LouisianaVan AalstTMS Awards 2023
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • Cimbria
  • TMS Awards 2023
  • Port of Stockton
  • Geneva Dry
  • Vigan

Safe Bulkers orders additional retrofits of Alfa Laval PureSOx

Safe Bulkers orders additional retrofits of Alfa Laval PureSOx

(Posted on 19/11/22)

In recent years, Greek shipowner Safe Bulkers has retrofitted Alfa Laval PureSOx exhaust gas cleaning systems on 20 of its bulk carriers. The company has just installed its 21st PureSOx scrubber, and four more retrofits are scheduled through the first half of 2023. Once again, the systems will be protected with a comprehensive Alfa Laval Service Agreement.

Safe Bulkers is expanding the retrofit programme for exhaust gas cleaning within its fleet. Having now retrofitted an open-loop PureSOx system on the MV Pelopidas, the company will retrofit equivalent systems on four Capesize bulk carriers: MV Aghia Sofia, MV Lake Despina, MV Maria and MV Michalis H. Alfa Laval’s deliveries for the vessels, which are each roughly 180,000 DWT in capacity, will extend from November 2022 to April 2023.

“When we first made the choice to retrofit Alfa Laval PureSOx systems in 2018, we were convinced that it was a good investment,” says Dr Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers. “Today’s increased price difference between low-sulphur and high-sulphur fuel shows that we were correct. We are protecting our margins in a time of uncertainty while simultaneously protecting the environment. Through comprehensive sampling of effluent wash water from open-loop scrubber systems, independent laboratories using EPA or ISO methods have shown that there is little or no impact from the wash water concentrations.”       For Safe Bulkers, turning to Alfa Laval for additional scrubber systems was the natural choice. The previous PureSOx retrofit projects have all gone smoothly, and the systems themselves have lived up to the promised high performance.

“Retrofitting large equipment like a scrubber will always involve challenges,” says Barmparis. “What makes the difference is the supplier’s commitment to finding a solution. Having already done 21 retrofits with Alfa Laval, we can say with confidence that the cooperation works – just like the PureSOx technology. Both the support and the results are consistently excellent.”

To take full advantage of the partnership, Safe Bulkers has an Alfa Laval Service Agreement in place for its PureSOx systems. Comprising spare parts packages, sensor exchanges, connectivity and more, the agreement will now be expanded to cover the additional vessels.

“We take no chances with our compliance at Safe Bulkers,” Barmparis concludes. “Service is an important safeguard, and we know that we can rely on Alfa Laval’s expertise. The support we receive means that we can always be certain of fulfilling our obligations.”

Latest News

Accidents on ships under scrutiny as InterManager submits statistics to IMO

(Posted on 16/07/24)

Accidents onboard ships are not decreasing, according to latest accident statistics submitted to the... Read more


Solutions required for FuelEU Maritime rules compliance, says Columbia

(Posted on 16/07/24)

Solutions must be in place to help ship owners with navigating the complex challenges of complying with... Read more


Boers committed to diversity with relocation of Filipino employees to Germany

(Posted on 16/07/24)

Diversity and nurturing talent is high on the agenda for BCS Group – Boers Crew Services as it... Read more


INTERCARGO joins industry calls for IMO to amend flaws in CII

(Posted on 12/07/24)

With discussions regarding the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization) Carbon Intensity Indicator... Read more


ICS Türkiye branch celebrates its inauguration in Istanbul

(Posted on 12/07/24)

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), the professional body for the commercial shipping industry... Read more


Columbia Group and Crowley forge strategic US alliance

(Posted on 12/07/24)

Columbia Group and Crowley have signed a strategic cooperation agreement that broadens both companies... Read more


Inmarsat report advocates data sharing to address preventable incidents

(Posted on 04/07/24)

The 2024 edition of The Future of Maritime Safety Report from Inmarsat Maritime, a Viasat company, reveals... Read more


50 years of Hydrex

(Posted on 04/07/24)

On May 16th, 1974, Hydrex was officially born. In the 50 years since then the company has grown from... Read more


New Alternative Fuel Bunkering MOU

(Posted on 04/07/24)

Consort Bunkers Pte. Ltd., ClassNK, Yanmar Asia (Singapore) Corporation Pte Ltd, and Taiko Asia Pacific... Read more


INTERCARGO members achieving fewer deficiencies and detentions

(Posted on 28/06/24)

INTERCARGO-registered dry bulk ships continue to outperform the industry average in both deficiencies... Read more


Port of StocktonCimbriaTelestackBühler GmbHSailors Society
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Van Aalst
  • Telestack

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping