Bestobell Marine has secured two orders to supply its new range of high pressure globe and check valves to be used in high pressure fuel gas systems on board ships.
The valves will be used within the pump and vapouriser skids for six LNG carriers that are being built at DSME shipyard and also for two LNG carriers being built at SHI (Samsung Heavy Industries), both in South Korea and due to be fitted with the MAN ME-GI engine. Bestobell Marine’s high pressure cryogenic globe valves will be fitted in the pipework downstream of the high pressure pumps and will play a vital part in managing the fuel gas supply to the engine.
Bestobell Marine Sales Director Duncan Gaskin said,” With the introduction of the MAN ME-GI engine two years ago and with now over 100 sold, it is driving a rapid increase in demand for high pressure cryogenic valves for fuel gas systems. We are helping to meeting the challenge created by this demand with our new range of high pressure valves. These latest orders have really put our valves at the forefront of this exciting new market.”
The company has developed a bespoke range of high pressure cryogenic globe valves to meet the exacting standards required of the valves for these new fuel gas systems. The valves are designed to stand a maximum pressure of 370 Bar and Bestobell Marine is also developing another range of valves that can operate up to a maximum pressure of 625Bar.
Bestobell Marine already has an extensive list of projects to which it has supplied cryogenic valves for fuel gas systems, this includes the five Teekay LNG carriers being built at DSME shipyard, the two Knutsen LNG carriers being built at Hyundai Heavy Industries’ shipyard and the three LEG carriers to be built in China for Ocean Yield of Norway, which are also the first to use Ethane as a fuel.
The company said it is currently the only established manufacturer of Cryogenic globe valve for use on ships that can offer high pressure cryogenic globe valves that are truly firesafe and with the necessary Class Approvals, certification and 3.2 traceability on all components.
Gaskin added, “ In the marine sector it is not just supplying high quality valves on time that is important to our customers, but also ensuring all of the necessary documentation is provided that allow Class surveyors to check all components have come from approved sources, have the correct identification codes and have been subject to the correct testing. We see time and again non-marine suppliers offering valves as suitable for an application, but not understanding the documentation and approval requirements. Because of our experience in this area, it means our customers are assured that the valve they receive is fully tested and certified and fit for purpose.”