Martek Marine has delivered the most sophisticated emissions monitoring system ever built for marine use to Daewoo for the world’s largest Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU). The 173, 400m3 vessel, which can also function as an LNG carrier, is due for delivery in May 2014 when it will be deployed in Brazil.
The system is so unique that no other company was even willing to quote for the project. Martek’s expertise in emissions monitoring allowed it to build and deliver such a complex system.
The equipment monitors (Nitrogen Oxide) NOx, Sulphur Oxide (SOx), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon (CO) and Methane (CH4); Total Hydrocarbons; Non Methane Hydrocarbons; Benzene; Nitrous Oxide (N2O) and particulates. It is unique for a system to measure so many different emissions, and Benzene and N2O are only monitored very rarely. Martek has used specialist analysis techniques to measure Benzene at levels below 1 part per million.
Steve Austwick, Martek’s emissions monitoring expert and project manager, says:
“This is the biggest and most complex system ever built in the marine industry. The fact that no other supplier was prepared to take on this project underpins our position as the market leader”.
Martek expects to build more complex monitoring systems as the European Union pushes for emissions monitoring legislation for the maritime industry. Another factor will be Emissions Control Areas (ECA) coming into force and, later, tightening their requirements. The first ECA, in North America and covering ships trading off the coasts of Canada and the United States, came into effect on 1 August 2012 and enforces stricter controls on SOx, NOx and particulate matter emissions. North America is the third functioning ECA, the others restrict only Sulphur Dioxide and they are in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea areas. A fourth is due to come into force in the Caribbean Sea on January 1 2014.
If these ECAs are successful, and there is every reason to expect they will be, it is highly likely that other countries will push for similar protection.
Founded in 2000, Martek Marine provides equipment and services designed to enable the shipping and offshore sector to meet the latest environmental and safety regulatory standards. The company provides world beating systems for BNWAS, engine emissions monitoring, gas detection, water level detection, cargo tank monitoring and drinking water testing. Martek also manufactures a specialist marine defibrillator. Martek provides an extensive system servicing and system spares service for customers.
Martek Marine is headquartered in the UK (Rotherham) and has a regional office in Singapore as well as a worldwide network of sales and service partners.