Since the introduction of the IMO resolution MEPC 107 (49) all new vessels must be fitted with separators capable of breaking up emulsions according to the IMO test procedure. Our turbulo bilge water separator TMPB, made by SKF Marine GmbH (formerly SKF Blohm+Voss Industries), gives the optimum balance in terms of function, capital cost, size and maintenance costs.
The TMPB operates as a pressure system with a helical rotor pump on the inlet side. The initial process of this two-stage separator utilises a gravitational separator supported by oleophilic coalescer inserts. The second ‘breaking stage’ utilises mechanically-working hydro-carbon separating elements (HycaSep) working as a coalescer to mechanically separate emulsions in accordance with the IMO resolution. These elements are highly efficient and high oil concentrations can be processed without substantial pressure losses.
The bottom HycaSep element can be protected by a special reusable cartridge which is fitted with a double bag system, ‘TORC’. ‘TORC’ works as an upside-down/inside-out deep filtration unit. With this system it is possible to extend the lifetime of the elements, thus considerably reducing maintenance costs.
The popularity of the Turbulo-MPB bilge water separator is evidence of the success of this approach.
Delivery time of the main spare parts is approx. one week.