Six SBS Marine platform supply vessels have been fitted with Europafilter oil cleaning systems in order to ensure the reliable performance of on board thrusters. Basil V R Greatrex is the exclusive distributor of Europafilter products in Australia.
The company had no significant issues with regard to the operational reliability of the thrusters, but wanted to install the systems to avoid wear and degradation of key machine components.
Two Europafilter oil cleaning systems were installed on each ship, one forward and one aft, in an offline circuit that allows the tunnel thrusters to continue operating while the lubricant is treated.
Two of these ships were recently docked for scheduled service, and SBS Marine was able to inspect the thrusters on board.
Operators had not reported any problems with water or particle contamination since the installation of the oil cleaning systems, and after a thorough inspection, the thrusters were cleared for continued operation without the need for any repairs or maintenance.