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Attendees at recent Port Engineers meeting included (L to R): Jack Nichols. 1st vice president of the Society; Michael Stepanovich. author; and John Antonetz, chairman of the

Papers & Technical Committee.

Port Engineers' Society Meeting

Hears Paper On Fuel Oil Separators

At a recent meeting of The Socie- ty of Marine Port Engineers of New

York, a paper entitled "ALCAP—A

Separation System for High-Densi- ty Fuel Oils" was presented by Mi- chael Stepanovich, marketing manager for Alfa-Laval, Inc. The following paragraphs are excerpts from his paper.

The quality of heavy fuel oil burned in diesel engines on-board ships and in power stations is changing worldwide due mainly to increased demand, increased severi- ty of refining techniques, and heav- ier crude oils. One consequence of this change in quality has been an increased requirement for efficient cleaning in order to achieve reliable and economical operation of diesel engines burning low-grade, heavy fuel oils. Another consequence, and by far the most important from a cleaning standpoint, has been the increase in fuel density.

In anticipation of these develop- ments, Alfa-Laval has been engaged in research and development activi- ties aimed towards producing a cleaning system that would not only be capable of handling heavy fuel oils with densities above the cur- rently accepted limits, but would also be simple, reliable, and essen- tially maintenance-free.

Alfa-Laval's goal was to develop a separator system based on a conven- tional partial discharge clarifier de- sign, thereby doing away with the need for gravity discs. In addition, the system had to have the capabili- ty to monitor the water content in the bowl and to drain away this accumulated water without neces- sarily initiating a sludge discharge.

In response to this need, in May 1983 Alfa-Laval introduced its AL-

CAP separation system, which is said to represent an entirely new approach to the treatment of heavy fuel oil. The system features a new line of FOPX separators that have no gravity discs. Fuel oils with den- sities up to 1,010 kilograms per cub- ic meter at 15 C can be cleaned effi- ciently. Operation is simple, as no adjustments of the cleaning plant are required despite fluctuations in density, viscosity, flow rate, or other factors. "In conclusion," said Mr. Stepa- novich, "after extensive testing, the ALCAP separation system has proven to be more efficient than tra- ditional purifiers or clarifiers, espe- cially in cases where the oil is heavi- ly contaminated with water. As the

ALCAP system does not utilize gravity discs, no adjustments to the cleaning plant are necessary.... Fi- nally, due to its retrofit capability,

ALCAP offers a solution to the problem of efficiently cleaning high- density fuels both now and in the future."

For a copy of the paper,

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New Travelift Boat Hoist

Shown In New Literature

Marine Travelift's new 25-tor>,

BFM design mobile boat hoist is illustrated and described in a re- cently published full-color catalog sheet. Extensive specifications in both U.S. and metric measures are also included, along with descrip- tions of features.

For a free copy of the new litera- ture, No. 4884,

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Valmet And Foster Wheeler

Petroleum To Cooperate

On Offshore Projects

Valmet Corporation in Finland and the engineering and consulting firm Foster Wheeler Petroleum De- velopment Limited in the U.K. have signed an agreement calling for technical cooperation with respect to offshore projects.

The pact is part of Valmet's arctic offshore strategy, and a big step to prepare itself for the expected changes in the Soviet demand. With this agreement, the Finnish compa- ny will have access to the latest technology, as Foster Wheeler Pe- troleum Development is one of the leaders in this field.

Cooperation between the two companies, as well as the develop- ment program in the Valmet Helsin- ki Shipyard, will enable Valmet

Corporation to participate in the construction of platforms, topside structures, and modules.

Foster Wheeler Petroleum Devel- opment, with headquarters in Lon- don, employs more than 500 perma- nent offshore personnel who have extensive experience in the design, engineering, and construction of large modules, for both the U.K. and Norwegian sectors of the North


Last year Valmet formed a new affiliate, Intec Engineering Inc., in

Houston, whose principal business is the design and engineering of pipelines, pipelaying projects, deep- water technology, and floating pro- duction. This company is currently participating in the first arctic pipe- laying project in North America.

Piatt To Market Its Own

Zinc Ribbon Anodes

Piatt Bros. & Company of Water- bury, Conn., has announced that it will soon assume complete responsi- bility for marketing, sales, and man- ufacturing of steel-cored, zinc rib- bon anodes identical to those for- merly marketed by Federated

Metals Corporation under the trade name Diamond Line®, which are used in the cathodic protection of underwater and underground metals.

For more than 20 years Piatt

Bros, has manufactured the zinc ribbon anodes that were marketed worldwide by Federated Metals un- der its Diamond Line registered trademark, pursuant to an agree- ment with Piatt. Now, Piatt presi- dent Milt Grele states: "In line with our plans for expanded appli- cations of zinc ribbon anodes, the agreement with Federated Metals will be terminated. Piatt Bros, will market steel-cored, zinc ribbon anodes directly to authorized dis- tributors and end users."

Mr. Grele also announced that the company will market these anodes under the name Plattline™.

This joins the trademarks Piatt and

Plattzinc, which have been Piatt

Bros, lines of zinc strip, rod, and wire for more than 150 years.

For further information on Piatt zinc anodes,

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