Mobil Oil Retrofits Tankers With Coppus Inert Gas Systems

Coppus Engineering Corporation, Worcester, Mass., licensee of Fredriksstad Mek Verksted (FmV), announces the plaoement of an order by Mobil Oil for several FmV Inert Gas Systems to foe retrofitted on Mobil ships now in operation.

FmV Inert Gas Systems utilize scrubbed flue gas to maintain tank atmospheres at nonexplosive levels.

Inert Gas Systems are universally recognized as the safest method of preventing explosions on board oil tankers. IMCO (International Maritime Carriers Organization) recommends that Inert Gas Systems 'be installed on all ore/oil, LN'G and crude oil carriers above a specified size.

Responding to this recommendation, Norwegian authorities have passed laws making Inert Gas Systems mandatory on all new major Norwegian-flag oil carriers in this, class, constructed after January 1, 1974. Other nations are expected to take similar legislative action in the near future.

Mobil joined Shell, Esso and Gulf as the fourth major oil company to retrofit carriers with the FmV Inert 'Gas System. Fifty sys- tems have been installed or are on order by these companies. Worldwide, FmV and its licensees have delivered or booked orders for a total of more than 250 FmV Inert Gas Systems.

In addition to representing FmV in the United States, Coppus is also the exclusive worldwide licensee for Golar-Vent Central Gas Freeing Systems. These joint arrangements have permitted 'Coppus to apply its years of marine engineering experience in the development of the Coppus Combined IG/GV System. Patents are pending on this Combined Inert Gas/Golar Vent System, which is available exclusively from Coppus Engineering, worldwide. The Coppus Combined I'G/GV System not only assures tankers of maximum safety while loading, unloading and under way but also provides rapid gasfreeing of tanks through cargo lines. Tanks can 'be gas/freed for man entry—inspection, cleaning, maintenance, etc.—in hours rather than days. Savings resulting from this speedup in turnarounds can be significant when you consider per day cost for tankers in the 200,000- dwt range are estimated at $35,000 to $50,000.

During its 65-year history, Coppus Engineering has established a network of offices and representatives through the world and is now represented in more than 100 cities and 57 countries.

For further information about Coppus marine products and systems, write to Coppus Engineering Corporation, 344 Park Avenue, Worcester, Mass. 01610.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 30,  Apr 1974 Louis V. Minett

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