Onboard Sulfur-in-oil Analyzer Developed

October 17, 2018

NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co., Ltd., an NYK Group company, have teamed with Horiba Ltd. to develop a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships. The new device is based on an existing device used at onshore analysis centers. Using this new analyzer, NYK will be able to thoroughly comply with regulations limiting sulfur oxides (SOx) from vessels, as well as optimize the company’s use of low-sulfur fuel oil.

1. Background
Certain areas around Europe and North America have been designated as emission control areas (ECAs) to prevent air pollution, and ships sailing though those areas are required to use onboard fuel oil having a sulfur content of no more than 0.1 percent.

Therefore, onboard engineers must change to low-sulfur fuel before entering ECAs by calculating the time that the sulfur concentration in tanks and pipes will fall to 0.1 percent or less. Engineers have thus desired to be able to perform onboard sulfur-in-oil analyses to determine the best timing to change fuel and adhere to regulations. This new easy-to-operate sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships has been developed to meet this demand.

2. About the Onboard Sulfur-in-oil Analyzer
This device can analyze a wide range of fuel, from C heavy oil to light oil. Maintaining the accuracy and reliability of onshore analysis centers, the compact new analyzer uses disposable sample cells to keep clean, even in the engine room, and allows onboard engineers to confirm that the sulfur concentration in fuel is surely under 0.1 percent before entering an ECA. This allows engineers to grasp the actual sulfur percent, which could only be estimated on board before.

3. Future
The NYK Group will continue to comply with SOx regulations by making use of this sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships. The Group also collects actual time data from various types of vessels, and after analysis determines the optimal timing for changing fuel to best reduce consumption.

As an organization that conducts business activities globally, the NYK Group has positioned responses to global environmental concerns as a significant corporate issue. The company will continue to comply with environmental regulations. In accordance with the medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green” that NYK announced in March, the company is taking steps to enrich the company’s corporate value by embracing the sustainable development of society through the creation of new value.



NYK Line, press release