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Thursday, August 1, 2019 

Greek operator Danaos Shipping, which claims to be at the forefront of innovative marine technology, has installed GEA's latest marine separator, the type 35, on one of its container ships for extended trials at sea.

The separator was installed on board the 4250 TEU Zim Luanda by the ship’s crew and commissioned by Pan Marine service engineers during sailing from Piraeus to Barcelona. Danaos Shipping noted the compactness of the plant, taking up little space, as the space requirement has been reduced by half compared to the GEA OSE Separator. The 360° accessibility enabled easy handling during operation and maintenance.

The synchronised drive technology is said to reduce maintenance time on the drive unit by 95%. In line with the more efficient energy balance of the frequency-controlled drive unit, the new GEA marine separator saves time, energy and effort in operation, and can be used to treat fuel and lube oil, with the ability to reduce cat fines.

The direct drive of the separator requires no belt or clutch. The spindle and motor are available for the first time as a Modular exchange drive unit, to simplify installation and maintenance. After 16,000 operating hours or two years the drive unit can be replaced by a GEA OEM certified Exchange Drive Unit with full warranty.

Danaos Shipping will provide GEA with all data obtained in daily operations for evaluation. Regular visits of GEA employees and the long-standing partner Pan Marine to the ship, as well as constant dialogue with the crew of Zim Luanda, will help GEA to further develop the separator technology.

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