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Sea Shepherd relies on Aussie fuel pump in isolated waters

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article image Sea Shepherd's Pablo Watson, Chief Engineer with the new GMP pump installed on SSS Sam Simon

A GMP fuel pump from Australian Pump Industries has been installed on the Sea Shepherd vessel, the SSS Sam Simon to pump diesel fuel.

Part of an anti-whaling programme, the ship often operates in isolated waters and needs a completely reliable fuel handling system for this technically demanding application. The fuel pump was required to pump up to 500 litres of fuel per minute, through a horizontal 25-metre line with a 4-metre vertical lift. Additionally the outlet to deck height was 15 metres horizontal over a 7-metre vertical lift. The pipework involved a number of vertical and horizontal lines, many with sharp 90-degree bends.

Following consultations with Sea Shepherd Chief Engineer, Pablo Watson, Aussie Pumps suggested the big Aussie GMP pump, model B3XRA-Vit for the application. 

A 4 kW, 3” self priming centrifugal diesel fuel pump, the B3XRA-Vit operates at 60 Hz, 440 volt and is a special build for this vessel.

Watson, as Chief Engineer of the SSS Steve Irwin did the installation and ‘shoe horned’ the pump into the crowded engine room space. 

Offering a 33-metre total head, the fuel pump can move a mighty 1400 lpm of fuel at open flow. The pump has a cast iron open impeller and is close coupled to a heavy duty squirrel cage induction motor of IP56 rating.

Apart from a close grained cast iron body, the self priming pump is fitted with Viton elastomers such as mech seal, o-rings and check valve to handle diesel fluid.

Aussie GMP series fuel pumps include cast iron, stainless steel and nialbronze configurations. Aussie diesel transfer pumps are available to suit a wide range of marine applications, including bilge, diesel fuel, seawater or even fire fighting duties.

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