Ecochlor launches NanoVapor gas-freeing tank technology

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(MAYNARD, Mass.) — Ecochlor has formalized an agreement to represent NanoVapor in the maritime industry. The product launch will be at Marintec China with a NanoVapor unit on display at the Ecochlor stand.

The NanoVapor technology improves crew safety while reducing time and any environmental pollution related to gas-freeing VOCs from cargo or bunker tanks. A single application can continue to suppress VOCs for days. The NanoVapor degassing process is more cost effective than traditional methods of cleaning these types of tanks.

A NanoVapor unit consists of two components: a nano-suppressant liquid, TankSafe, and a portable delivery unit, Model ST-1000. The delivery unit operates using a compressed air source to create a high-flow air stream to inject the suppressant molecules into the tank. The molecular suppressant works up to 90 percent faster than current enclosed space procedures to quickly suppress VOC evaporation.

TankSafe is engineered from renewable materials, is readily biodegradable and leaves no residue or hazardous waste product behind for cleanup or disposal. The ST-1000 delivery unit is intrinsically safe and ATEX Zone 2 rated with no electrical or moving parts.

“This new technology will assist vessel owners with their IMO 2020 compliance, given the increased need for bunker tank cleaning with the change of fuel grades and specifications. We believe the NanoVapor unit will greatly improve enclosed space crew safety and provide a better solution for shipowners as they face fuel emission deadlines,” said Steve Candito, Ecochlor’s CEO.

InterManager, an international trade association for the ship management sector, recently released an industry guideline sharing best practice submissions from crew with a mindset to reduce risks in enclosed spaces. As a long-term advocate for crew safety, Secretary-General Kuba Szymanski commented: “InterManager is watching closely for the arrival of NanoVapor by Ecochlor as it promises to be breakthrough technology for enclosed space procedures.”

NanoVapor is finalizing testing with Lloyd’s Register for type approval with the expectation of completion by Marintec China 2019.

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By Professional Mariner Staff