The Grimaldi Group has signed an agreement with Alfa Laval for PureSOx connectivity services on five vessels operated by its Atlantic Container Line (ACL) brand, specialized in transatlantic cargo shipping.
Under the three-year contract, Alfa Laval will provide ACL compliance monitoring and data for use in optimizing PureSOx operation.
ACL has hybrid PureSOx scrubber systems installed on all five of its Generation 4 (G4) vessels: Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun.
The PureSOx systems on these vessels will now be retrofitted with the Alfa Laval Remote Emission Monitor (ALREM), a data reporting and storage device that is the basis for the PureSOx connectivity program.
The deal is part of a much larger PureSOx service agreement for the ACL vessels, which includes training, yearly inspections, spare part supply and a sensor exchange program.
“We are eager to start taking advantage of connectivity with our PureSOx systems,” says Pierluigi Marmo, Technical Manager of the ACL G4 vessels.
“The customized connectivity services will increase our own insight and give us even greater access to the Alfa Laval service organization. Both of those things will make life easier for ACL and the Grimaldi Group as a whole.”
Grimaldi Group is also working on a proprietary solution to connect equipment across its vessels, into which the ALREM will also be integrated.
In this way, Grimaldi aims to have access to all valuable information in one place.
“We’ve seen the value that collected data can offer,” says Dario Bocchetti, Corporate Energy Saving Manager for the Grimaldi Group.
“By evaluating data from the current data logging system, for example, we’ve realized that PureSOx releases even less SOx than if we were sailing on MGO. With a fully connected solution based on the ALREM, such analyses will be far easier to perform.”
Bocchetti sees the potential for making even better use of the PureSOx scrubbers across the Grimaldi Group.
“Connectivity is useful for seeing where we are and demonstrating our compliance easily, but it will also be beneficial for our operational levels down the road,” he explains.