Although tank cleaning equipment supplier Scanjet has had a presence in Singapore for many years, it served mostly as a hub for spare parts. Scanjet Marine product marketing manager Gabriel Brännlund told Singapore Solutions that in 2015 the business decided to upgrade its presence to provide a more comprehensive service with service engineers, and become one of Scanjet’s key global service centres. He said that Scanjet has about 65 per cent of the global tanker cleaning equipment market.
“We aim to build up this business and be closer to shipowners and to Asian yards. In Singapore we have one automation engineer and one tank washing machine engineer for servicing equipment on ships in the region. In total we have 14 people in Singapore,” Mr Brännlund said.
“Now there are more control systems for tank cleaning systems on board ships. It is a challenge to find the right people, especially electrical and systems engineers with marine experience and knowledge.” He said that Scanjet’s main product development work at present involves the automation of tank washing and pressure venting.
Scanjet has a workshop and spare parts store at its Singapore facility. “We will also start producing our own hoses in Singapore. These are currently shipped from Amsterdam.”
Scanjet in Singapore also offers seminars and workshops for training shipowners’ and managers’ staff, including technical staff, on its systems and equipment. The training covers certification and maintenance.
He said that Scanjet is focusing on the wider Asian market, especially China, and shipyards. “We are supplying tank cleaning equipment for tankers being built at a number of different shipyards in China. The market is challenging, as there are few newbuild contracts being placed.
“We are also doing some upgrades and conversion projects. One conversion project involves a Maersk Oil vessel that is being converted into a floating storage and offloading vessel at Sembcorp Marine in Singapore. We are supplying all the equipment for its tanks, including tanker cleaning, pressure vacuum valves, and tank gauging equipment.”
As part of its strategy Scanjet has recently opened a new office, Scanjet Middle East, in Dubai. It intends to develop this into a regional service hub for the Middle East.
Scanjet’s current contracts include supplying tank cleaning systems for a series of 13 50,000 dwt chemical and product tankers for owner Stena. The system allows four tanks to be washed simultaneously, reducing the ships’ turnround time in port.