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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 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 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

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

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MFV “Antarctic”

Project details

KER Group were awarded the contract to supply the RSW and vacuum pump unloading system for the New MFV ”Antarctic. 

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Works completed

  • 2 x 800KW RSW Ammonia System.  
  • 2 x Control cabinet, 15” HMI screen, with outputs for remote operation. 
  • 1 x 15” HMI Screen for Wheelhouse or control room. 
  • Ammonia alarm system controlled through the main PLC, system wired with outputs for emergency stop and fan controls for RSW room. 
  • Temperature monitoring and recording system to printer. 
  • Tank sounding for 8 tanks.  
  • Control of RSW valves included in PLC and programming (For Modbus or Ethernet communications). 
  • 3 x KER Group Vacuum Pump systems consisting of the following:
  1. 3 x 3000Ltr Stainless steel 316L Vacuum Tanks c/w 12” Inlet and 14” Discharge. 
  2. 3 x Samson Ocean master 1000 Vacuum Compressor c/w Brass ends and stainless-steel drums. 
  3. 3 x 66Kw Electric motors and couplings. 
  4. 3 x Stainless steel 4-way valve and manifold c/w air actuators. 
  5. 1 x Control cabinet c/w PLC system to control Vacuum pump System.
  6. 1 x 15” HMI Screen.  
  7. 1 x 14” Landing separator from 316L Stainless steel. 

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Row of KER vans outside of MFV "Zephyr"

MFV “Zephyr”

Project details

KER Group were tasked with the replacement of the current vacuum pump system for an upgrade on the MFV “Zephyr” fishing vessel.

Works completed

  • Upgraded existing Vacuum pump system. 
  • The original system required a complete overhaul. Therefore, the existing system was removed and replaced using 2 x Samson Ocean master 750 pumps. These were completed with new Stainless steel 4-way valves and manifolds. The existing 4” Stainless steel piping was also replaced.  
  • The Vacuum Pump System was then commissioned and tested. 

Testimony

We had recently purchased it (MFV “Zephyr”) and before taking delivery we stopped in Killybegs to get some works carried out. The main one being the upgrade of the Vacuum pump system. We had a short stay planned in Killybegs and KER Group managed to deliver a complete upgrade in that short space of time. We were amazed at the quality of the workmanship when the vessel arrived here in Walvis Bay. The system is running very well and we are glad we invested in this system, this ensures that we have a trouble-free system and that’s very important to us. 

KER Group are the experts in offering vacuum pump systems, and we look forward to working with them again soon. 

Gert van der Merwe, Technical Manager. 

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MFV "Atlantic Quest" sailing on the water

MFV “Atlantic Quest”

Project details

KER Group replaced the current vacuum pump system with Samson V15 on the MFV “Atlantic Quest”.

Works completed

  • Overhaul of the existing Vacuum pump system. 
  • The original system was unable to pump efficiently. We replaced the complete pump with a new Samson V15, converted the hydraulic controls to pneumatic (air and electric). 
  • Commissioned and tested.
  • Supplied and fitted a Pneumatic Stainless steel 4-way valve.
  • Removed existing 4” piping, and replaced it with stainless steel, incorporating a blowback system.

Testimony

We employed KER Group to carry out a complete upgrade of the Vacuum pump system on board the MFV “Atlantic Quest”. The pumping system is much quicker since the upgrade.

KER Group are the ideal company for all your Vacuum pump needs.

Eamonn Doherty, Shore Support Engineer – Atlantic Dawn Group. 

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