Norwegian-based Hydroniq Coolers has won a contract from the Turkish shipyard Sefine to deliver a hull-integrated marine cooling system for a ropax under construction for Italian shipping company Siremar.
Under the contract, Hydroniq Coolers will supply a hull-integrated ‘Rack’ seawater cooling system.
The Rack cooler will be fitted in the hull below the main engine room, where it will reduce the temperatures of the ship’s engines and the auxiliaries through the use of seawater, without taking up valuable engine room space.
“This is actually a breakthrough for our hull-integrated seawater cooler in the ropax vessel segment, which underlines the versatility of our system,” claimed Jan Inge Johannesen, Hydroniq Coolers’ Sales Manager (pictured).
For several years, the hull-integrated solution has been a favoured system for operators of wellboats, fishing vessels, offshore installation and support vessels. It is also increasingly being chosen to be fitted on board other vessel types, due to the space benefits it offers, plus it can easily maintained by the vessel crew on board the vessel, the company said.
Siremar operates ferry routes between Sicily and Isole Minori, the Aeolian Islands with a connecting service with Naples, the islands of Ustica and Pantelleria, the archipelagos of Egadi and Pelagie.
The dual fuel ropax will be 110 m long and 19.5 m wide. She will have a capacity of 800 persons and 115 cars, and will be powered by LNG and batteries.
“The ferry has a strong environmental profile, which is a good fit for our Rack seawater cooler, which is packed with fuel and energy saving solutions, such as frequency operated seawater pumps which due to low pressure drop requires lower power consumption.
“Chilled water element reduces running time at the chilled-water compressors while heat recovery element makes it possible to use the surplus heat, further underlining the system’s energy efficiency,” Johannesen added.
Hydroniq Coolers will manufacture and assemble the equipment at its headquarters outside Aalesund, Norway, and deliver it to Sefine Shipyard in Turkey in the first quarter 2022.
Hydroniq Coolers is owned by Norwegian investment company SMV Invest AS.