A new tank level radar suitable for complex tanks and some significant contracts were among highlights from recent months for Denmark’s API Marine that its director of sales, service and marketing, Allan Lydersen, singled out for Tanker Shipping & Trade.
Its new radar, which it calls the Tank Gauging Device – Radar (TGD-R) expands the company’s API Smart cargo control and automation systems for tankers. This addition to its range operates at 26 GHz frequency, can measure up to 35m and is able to conduct high-speed signal analysis. This enables it to be used in very complicated measuring environments such as chemical and product oil cargo tanks, the company’s literature notes.
It can be used in harsh and extreme environments and is “a valuable extension of the API marine sensor portfolio,” said API Marine managing director Sven Egelund Rasmussen when the device was launched in October. He expects it to strengthen the company’s position in the chemical and oil tanker market.
Just days before the launch, API Marine secured a contract to supply complete cargo control and monitoring systems for four chemical and product tanker newbuildings at Nantong Tongbao shipyard in China, with up to four more options.
The contract includes the tank monitoring system itself, high level/overfill alarms, a remote sounding system, a valve remote control system and loading computers, Mr Lydersen said.
Earlier last year, API Marine was contracted to supply sensors for the first LNG-fuelled icebreaking LNG carrier, ordered by Russia’s SCF from DSME in South Korea. Specific details of API Marine’s supply to those vessels have not been released.