The Netherlands: Shell Lists LIQUIDYNE Pump Shaft Seal as Best Pactice
Shell Global Solutions has listed the LIQUIDYNE pump shaft seal as best practice for use with its cooling water pumps worldwide. The LIQUIDYNE is also now included in Shell’s TAMAP (Technically Accepted Manufacturers and Products) list.
IHC Lagersmit, part of IHC Merwede, specialises in sealing solutions for rotating shafts on ships, pumps, tidal turbines and other equipment. The LIQUIDYNE water-lubricated lip seal was originally developed for dredging pumps and has been adapted to fit cooling water pumps.
Thanks to its robustness and the possibility of checking the seal condition at any time, it offers superior reliability and an above average Mean Time Between Maintenance (MTBM).
The possibility of continuously monitoring the actual state of the LIQUIDYNE seals enables Shell to plan maintenance of its cooling water pumps. This enhances grip on the pumping process and prevents both unnecessary maintenance and sudden pump failure. As a result, the stability and reliability of the pumping operation are increased considerably and maintenance costs are reduced.
Shell has approved the LIQUIDYNE following extensive practical experience with the seal in existing cooling water pumps.
Company profile IHC Merwede
IHC Merwede is focussed on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment – with vast experience accumulated over decades – and a reliable supplier of custom-built ships and supplies for offshore construction.
IHC Merwede has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing innovative vessels and advanced equipment, as well as providing life-cycle support. Its integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships.
The company’s broad customer base includes dredging operators, oil and gas corporations, offshore contractors and government authorities.
IHC Merwede has over 3,000 employees based at various locations in The Netherlands, China, Croatia, France, India, the Middle East, Nigeria, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Technological innovation will remain the company’s underlying strength through its continuous investment in research and development. Moreover, it helps to safeguard a sustainable environment.
Offshore WIND staff, February 03, 2012; Image: ihcmerwede