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Thursday, May 16, 2019  (Comments: 1)

Alfa Laval has inaugurated its PureSOx Training Centre in Shanghai, China, which is focused on the training of commissioning engineers, and will be instrumental in ramping up the skilled workforce prior to the global sulphur cap.

The centre includes a full-sized PureSOx scrubber, and will provide crew training opportunities for customers. Alfa Laval says that as more PureSOx scrubbers are installed to meet the global sulphur cap, skilled local engineers will be required to commission the many systems.

“As the need grows, both the availability and the quality of local knowledge will be essential in meeting it,” said Erik Haveman, Sales Director, Exhaust Gas Cleaning. “The Alfa Laval PureSOx Training Centre in Shanghai will support both our global efforts and the preparation of commissioning engineers in Northeast Asia.”

With its full-sized PureSOx scrubber system, engineering trainees will no longer have to wait for a suitable vessel and installation, but will be able to hone their commissioning skills in an environment that is as close to reality as possible. This will ensure that they are fully prepared for the onboard work of bringing customer systems online. In keeping with this thinking, the design of the open-loop system is based on an existing customer project. However, instead of being connected to an engine, the facility’s scrubber is part of a detailed simulation, in which no exhaust gas is used but values and signals related to the exhaust gas are accurately reproduced. Because the system has all of the real ancillaries, including valves and pumps, it does use a real flow of water, which is recirculated to minimise waste.

“We’ve shortened the scrubber a bit to fit it indoors, and there are plexiglass portholes and internal lighting that allow trainees to see the flow within the scrubber,” said Haveman. “But in all other respects, right down to the Alfa Laval Touch Control system, the look, feel and overall experience is exactly what it would be on board.”

The new facility will also have the possibility to offer crew training. The setup pairs an accurate onboard experience with focus and calm that are seldom found on a real vessel. “We invite all customers to Shanghai, whether for training or simply to see a PureSOx scrubber in person,” said Haveman.

Reader Comments (1)

Wish the same could be done in Maritime Engineering Institutions. Budding engineers who need the expertise most must be given an opportunity.

By Sujit Mukherjee on Monday, May 20, 2019

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