MARINE ENGINEERING SPECIALIST

Scottish Sea Farms Container

Project details

In 2022, KER Group were awarded the contract to design a complete Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) container for a Salmon processing factory.

Works completed

Overview

  • Designed for a salmon processing factory
  • Sea water temperature set point at -1°C with fresh water set point at 1°C
  • Provide chilled water for salmon intake tank & processing area
  • 2 x 275Kw Freon R134a RSW systems

Containerised 2 x 275Kw Freon R134a RSW systems

This system was designed for a salmon processing factory. Its purpose is to provide chilled water for 2 x salmon storage tanks. The 2 x RSW chiller systems were fit within a 20ft container which allows for the complete system to be housed & secured on site with little disruption to existing processing plant. 2 x chillers supplied had titanium tubes for improved chilling & increased lifetime of equipment. 2 x J&E Hall screw compressors, 2 x air cooled condensers, 2 x Desmi RSW pumps were also supplied.

KER PLC control cabinets c/w 15″ HMI screens include outputs for remote operation. The PLC systems controls the valves & RSW system. A freon gas alarm system was integrated into the PLC system for safety. All stainless steel & plastic piping was conducted by the KER team. The system has the option of fresh or seawater setup. The set point temperature range is adjustable to requirements.

All works were carried out in Killybegs, Co. Donegal & delivered to Shetland Islands.

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Killybegs Seafoods Pelagic Processing Factory

Killybegs Seafoods Pelagic Processing Factory

Project details

In 2022, KER Group were awarded the contract to supply a complete fish processing package for Killybegs Seafoods pelagic fish processing factory.

Works completed

  • Design & manufacture 9 infeed fish hoppers
  • Extend existing distribution fish conveyors
  • Design & manufacture of new elevated fillet conveyors
  • Supply & install of additional processing equipment (carton erectors, lid applicators, strapping machines)
  • Design & manufacture of new control cabinet with PLC
  • Installation of new LED lighting and general service outlets
  • Design & manufacture all walkways, handrails and stairs

All works were carried out in Killybegs, Co. Donegal. 

Testimonial

“Our plan for the factory was to restructure the layout of the plant and to streamline the operations which would ultimately ensure high quality of our end product. The work that KER conducted was professional and to an exceptional standard. They delivered exactly what we and the business required. The newly installed equipment has performed efficiently and seamlessly during a very busy fishing season. We are very pleased to have gone with KER and we are very satisfied with the excellent work they produced. We highly recommend them to potential factories looking for a complete fish processing package.”

 

John McGuinness, Managing Director, Killybegs Seafoods

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MFV “Sparkling Star”

MFV “Sparkling Star”

Project details

In 2021, KER Group were awarded the contract to install a complete RSW system, Vacuum Pump Landing System, Air-Conditioning system & a Walk-in Chill Room & Freezer Room.

Works completed

Overview
•Install a new 450KW RSW System at -1° chilled sea water.
• Installation of a new Compact Vacuum Pump Landing system incorporating 2 x Samson Ocean Master 1000’s with the equivalent of a 3000 Litre tank.
• Fit Fujitsu multi-split Air conditioning system in the wheel house, galley, accommodation and technical room.
• Complete a fibre glass constructed walk-in chill room and freezer room with associated refrigeration system and custom-built stainless steel racking for food provisions storage.

Refrigerated Sea Water System (RSW)

KER designed and installed a new 450KW RSW System which chills sea water at -1°C and uses R134a refrigerant. A polyethylene manifold was manufactured & installed to control chilled water & distribution to all fish tanks. The KER team designed & programmed a PLC which controls this system.

Vacuum Pump Landing System

KER fitted a new type of Vacuum Pump Landing System in this vessel which is a much more compact & refined solution. By incorporating the Vacuum tank into 24″ & 14″ stainless steel piping it eradicates the space needed for a Vacuum Tank with a large cubic volume. This innovative new solution will solve problems for vessel owners where they previously couldn’t. The system fitted incorporated 2 x Samson Ocean Master 1000’s with the equivalent of a 3000 litre tank. Full automation package with PLC & touchscreen was also installed.

Air Conditioning

KER fit a Fujitsu multi-split Air Conditioning system in the wheelhouse, galley, accommodation & technical room. Ceiling cassettes were installed in the wheelhouse. Wall mounted units were fitted in the accommodation & galley. Marine coated outdoor units were installed which can endure the conditions out at sea. The system overall provides efficient heating & cooling to the vessel’s skipper & crew.

Walk-in Chill Room & Freezer Room

The vessel had space off the Galley for a walk-in chill room & freezer room for food provisions. KER installed a heater mat underneath the floor of the freezer room to prevent frost heave. The rooms were sheeted and the walls, floor & ceiling were fibre-glassed with the customer’s colour requirement which will give the room durability and offers ease of cleaning. A wedge-type evaporator was supplied & installed to cool the room with a smart temperature controller mounted on the exterior of both rooms to manage the temperatures. A custom stainless steel racking for food provisions was designed, manufactured & installed. Exterior-mounted condenser units fitted & a custom stainless-steel housing was erected for protection against marine conditions. A heavy-duty insulated door was installed at the entrance of both rooms.

KER provided all the above systems including, all copper, stainless steel, mild steel & polyethylene piping. All necessary coded welding for refrigeration piping. Complete electrical installation, electrical control cabinets manufactured in KER & were installed on board.

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MFV “Eilean Croine”

MFV “Eilean Croine”

Project details

In 2021, KER Group were awarded the contract to install a complete RSW system, Vacuum Pump Landing System, Air-Conditioning system & a Walk-in Chill Room & Freezer Room.

Works completed

Overview
• Install a new 450KW RSW System at -1° chilled sea water.
• Installation of a new Compact Vacuum Pump Landing system incorporating 2 x Samson Ocean Master 1000’s with the equivalent of a 3000 Litre tank.
• Fit Fujitsu multi-split Air conditioning system in the wheel house, galley, accommodation and technical room.
• Complete a fibre glass constructed walk-in chill room and freezer room with associated refrigeration system and custom built stainless steel racking for food provisions storage.

Refrigerated Sea Water System (RSW)

KER designed and installed a new 450KW RSW System which chills sea water at -1°C and uses R134a refrigerant. A polyethylene manifold was manufactured & installed to control chilled water & distribution to all fish tanks. The KER team designed & programmed a PLC which controls this system.

Vacuum Pump Landing System

KER fitted a new type of Vacuum Pump Landing System in this vessel which is a much more compact & refined solution. By incorporating the Vacuum tank into 24″ & 14″ stainless steel piping it eradicates the space needed for a Vacuum Tank with a large cubic volume. This innovative new solution will solve problems for vessel owners where they previously couldn’t. The system fitted incorporated 2 x Samson Ocean Master 1000’s with the equivalent of a 3000 litre tank. Full automation package with PLC & touchscreen was also installed.

Air Conditioning

KER fit a Fujitsu multi-split Air Conditioning system in the wheelhouse, galley, accommodation & technical room. Ceiling cassettes were installed in the wheelhouse. Wall mounted units were fitted in the accommodation & galley. Marine coated outdoor units were installed which can endure the conditions out at sea. The system overall provides efficient heating & cooling to the vessel’s skipper & crew.

Walk-in Chill Room & Freezer Room

The vessel had space off the Galley for a walk-in chill room & freezer room for food provisions. KER installed a heater mat underneath the floor of the freezer room to prevent frost heave. The rooms were sheeted and the walls, floor & ceiling were fibre-glassed with the customer’s colour requirement which will give the room durability and offer ease of cleaning. A wedge-type evaporator was supplied & installed to cool the room with a smart temperature controller mounted on the exterior of both rooms to manage the temperatures. A custom stainless steel racking for food provisions was designed, manufactured & installed. Exterior-mounted condenser units were fitted and a custom stainless-steel housing was erected for protection against marine conditions. A heavy-duty insulated door was installed at the entrance of both rooms.

KER provided all the above systems including, all copper, stainless-steel, mild steel & polyethylene piping. All necessary coded welding for refrigeration piping. Complete electrical installation, electrical control cabinets manufactured in KER & were installed on board.

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Dewatering Trailer Project

Dewatering Trailer Project

Project details

In 2022, KER Group were awarded the contract to design a dewatering trailer for a fish processing factory. Design and manufacture of individual components such as the conveyor system, water separator and return water tank were completed in KER by our team and the whole Dewatering system project was completed in-house.

Works completed

Overview
•Design & manufacture a conveyor system
•Design & manufacture a S/S water separator
•Design & manufacture a S/S return water tank
•Automation of systems
•All electrical works completed
•Fibre glassing of walls & ceilings
•All necessary stainless steel and polyethylene piping completed
•Stainless steel framework completed
•Full commissioning & testing of all systems
Project Description
The end goal of this project was to have the ability to get the weight of fish on their own without water. The trailer acts as a Dewatering unit which separates fish from water. Contained in the rear of the trailer are two 14“connections for boats to attach to. A combination of both fish and water are pumped upwards to the stainless-steel water separator on the top floor through these connections via stainless-steel pipes.

The water separator then separates the water and fish, with water transported to a 17m³ return water tank on the bottom floor and the fish are fed on to a large 1700mm wide conveyor coming off the separator. As the fish are carried on the conveyor any excess water is removed by 9 large high-velocity fans along the length of the belt. As the fish make their way to the front of the trailer, they meet another conveyor that runs horizontally across the trailer and leads to the exterior. This belt is bi-directional and its purpose is to transport the fish to the fish tankers parked at either side of the trailer.

A touch screen is installed which allows for accurate control of the seawater quantity that is pumped into the fish tanker or back to the boat. The PLC is programmed to ensure that when fish are being filled into the fish tanker that the water valves cannot open. The trailer has the capability of handling 140T of fish per hour.

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Kilkerrin Salmon Factory

Project Details

In 2022, KER Group were awarded the contract to design, supply and install salmon processing equipment to this factory.

Works completed

Overview

  • Design/manufacture/install 2 x conveyor belts to transport salmon for gutting.
  • Design/manufacture/install 2 x flighted conveyor belts to transport to ice dosing machine.
  • Supplied hopper to ice dosing machine complete with hopper

Project Description

Before the project was conducted, ice had been manually shovelled onto the salmon. This led to a lot of ice falling on the floor which missed its intended target. There was a large amount of waste ice which led to a slippery & hazardous workspace for staff. By adding the ice dosing machine, a predetermined quantity of ice was placed into each polystyrene box of salmon. This ensured that each box received a better quality of ice and a correct quantity each time, reducing spillage, waste and inconsistencies in volume put into each box.

The addition of the conveyor belts ensured that the salmon was guided directly & it prevented the operator from overstretching & lifting the salmon into the filleting machines. This project made the operation and salmon processing much more efficient, reducing waste ice, improving safety & delivering a fresh & high-quality end product.

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MFV Green Isle SO 500

MFV Green Isle SO 500

Project details

In 2022, KER Group were awarded the contract to supply a Vacuum Pump system, Ice Machine, Fish Hold Refrigeration & A/C to the MFV “Green Isle”.

Works completed

Overview
•Supply Vacuum Pump System
•Supply BUUS Ice Machine
•Supply Fish Hold Refrigeration
•Completed and Installed circulating pipe work for RSW system
•Supply of A/C system
•Commissioning of all systems
Vacuum Pump Landing System
KER designed & manufactured a 12″, 3000-litre stainless steel Vacuum Tank & 12″ aluminium Landing Separator. A Samson Ocean Master 1000 vacuum pump & a 66kw motor were supplied alongside a stainless steel 4-way-valve and stainless-steel frame which was designed & manufactured by KER. A Kaeser Compressor & Kaeser Filter Drier were also supplied. A PLC control panel was designed & constructed in-house & fitted on board.

Fish Hold Refrigeration

A Bitzer Compressor, Bitzer Condenser & Bitzer Receiver was supplied. KER constructed evaporators comprised of 22 x 1.5mm stainless steel piping and chill at 0°C. All necessary copper piping was conducted by KER. Full Electrical installation including electrical cabinet.

Ice machine

A BUUS 3 tonne Flake Ice Machine & Bitzer condensing unit were supplied & an electrical control panel designed & constructed in house by KER Group.

RSW Pipework

Circulating pipework for the RSW system was constructed & installed by KER Group including all polyethylene welding.

Air-Con

A Fujitsu multi-split air-conditioning system was supplied to this vessel.

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Ardglass Sea Products Factory

Project Details

In 2021, KER Group were awarded the contract to provide a fish processing package for Ardglass Sea Products LTD – S&P Milligan, Ardglass, Northern Ireland.

Works Completed

  • Design/manufacture/install 2 x fish processing lines
  • Design/manufacture/install 3 x 7.5m straight conveyor belts
  • Design/manufacture/install 2 x fish hoppers
  • Supplied 2 x Marel SpeedBatchers
  • Full electrical installation
  • Full pneumatic installation
  • Commissioning/testing of all equipment

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Pelagic Weighing Trailer

Pelagic Weighing Trailer

Project details

In 2020, KER received the contract to complete a first-of-its-kind “Mobile Weighing System” for Pelagic Weighing Systems.

Works completed

Overview

  • 1 x Infeed Fish Hopper – Total Capacity 8m³ of fish and 4m³ of chilled water
  • 2 x Speed controlled Conveyers feeding the Flow Scales with 6 x Fans (per conveyor line) for dewatering the fish
  • 2 x Flow-Scales 600mm wide belt
  • 2 x inclined Conveyors
  • 1 x 6,800 x 700mm wide Bi-directional conveyor for discharging fish into tankers
  • 1 x clean in place (CIP) system for washing
  • 2 X pumps fit at the bottom of conveyor. 1. is for pumping water back to the boat. 2. is fitted with a flow meter and controlled by PLC for pumping into tankers.

Project Description

KER Group, commissioned the first of its kind “Weighing Platform” for Pelagic Weighing Systems. This Mobile Weighing Platform is used to weigh at point of landing in Killybegs, whilst ensuring the quality of the fish. The weighing platform, uses an 8m³ infeed hopper and conveys the fish up and across two weigh scales supplied by “Marel”. These scales are the same specification as already installed in the fish processing facilities in Ireland.

The fish travel forward onto a bi-directional conveyor that can feed the fish left or right into the tankers ready to transport to the processing factories. The “Weighing Platform” is completely self-sufficient, central control PLC system controls the speed of the conveyors, hopper and Marel’s.

A return water system can return the water to the tanker or the fishing vessel and is fully automated. Its own silenced generator provides power for everything to run continuously. The unit was designed with health and safety at the fore, and the ease of use and cleaning are paramount. The system was designed and built within 17 weeks, all works from design layout to programming were carried out by KER Group.

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MFV “Ella”

MFV “Ella”

Project details

In 2019, KER Group were awarded the contract to supply the RSW, Vacuum Pump, Fish Hold, Air-Con, Ice Machine and Freezer to the MFV Ella.

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Works completed

  • Supplied a 275Kw R134a RSW system
  • Supplied a Vacuum Pump system, including 1 x Samson Ocean Master Vacuum Pump c/w Stainless Steel Casing.
  • Supplied Fish Hold Refrigeration, Stainless Steel Evaporators c/w Bitzer Sea Water Cooled Condensing Unit.
  • Supplied and installed a full heating and cooling Air Conditioning system in the accommodation, wheelhouse and galley areas.
  • Supplied and installed a BUUS 3t Flake Ice machine.
  • Sheeted the walk-in freezer and installed fibreglass, supplied the refrigeration system to cool the area and installed a stainless steel food rack along with a custom pedestrian door finished in stainless steel.
  • Supplied all the above systems including all copper, stainless steel, mild steel, polyethylene piping. All necessary coded welding for refrigeration piping. Complete electrical installation, electrical control cabinets manufactured in-house and installed on board.
  • Commissioning of all systems.

RSW System

275KW RSW system on R134a gas. System was fully installed by KER Group, circulating pump and condenser pump and associated pipework were supplied and installed. Polyethylene manifold manufactured and installed in RSW room to control chilled water and distribution to all fish tanks. The system is controlled by a PLC, which was designed and programmed by KER Group.

Vacuum Pump System

KER Group Vacuum pump system includes 1 x Samson Ocean Master vacuum pump c/w stainless steel casing for longevity. 2000ltr vacuum tank c/w inspection hatch and rubber flap unit. All necessary 12” stainless steel piping to each fish tank and delivery pipework to the main deck. Vacuum system includes a blowback system. Controlled by PLC, designed and programmed by KER Group.

BUUS Ice Machine

3 Tonne per day, salt or freshwater ice machine, complete with Bitzer condensing unit and Azcue pump. Ice machine produces flake ice for use during white fishing.

Fish hold chilling

Fish hold chilling in all fish tanks. KER Group manufactured the complete evaporator from stainless steel piping, approx. 1,000 meters. The vast quantity of piping increases surface area and allows for increased refrigeration duty, offering our client’s optimum fish hold temperatures for their fish.

Air conditioning

KER supplied and installed a full heating and cooling air conditioning system throughout the accommodation, galley and wheelhouse areas.

Cold room (food provisions)

The new MFV Ella came with space for a walk-in freezer off the Galley area. KER Group sheeted the room, and installed fibreglass, on the floor, walls and ceiling, to allow for ease of cleaning and durability. Installed the refrigeration system to cool the area and installed a stainless steel food rack along with a custom pedestrian door finished in stainless steel.

KER Group Installed all the above systems including, all copper, stainless steel, mild steel, and polyethylene piping. All necessary coded welding for refrigeration piping. Complete electrical installation, electrical control cabinets manufactured in-house and installed on board.

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