Petro-Marine XRF TM is an onboard or hub-based X-Ray Fluorescence analysis system. It monitors sulphur levels in marine fuels, Cat Fines during bunkering of the ship and before actual fuel usage, sea water contamination in fuels, and wear metals and additives in lubricant oils.
Eurocontrol says that this facilitates regulatory compliance and preventive maintenance, as well as helping prevent engine failure.
The shipping company currently testing the system has not been named, though Eurocontrol describes it as “one of the largest container shipping companies in the world with headquarters in Israel,” managing in excess of 100 vessels and associated with The Clean Cargo Working Group.
This would seem to suggest that the company in question is ZIM, though Eurocontrol did not wish to confirm or deny this to Digital Ship when asked.
Under the pilot project, Xenemetrix is installing the Petro-Marine XRF TM monitoring system at the shipping company’s hub in its main port. Once the tests are completed, Eurocontrol says that the shipping company will consider implementing the system at seven of its shipping hubs worldwide.
For comparison, ZIM has 10 hubs around the world.
With Eurocontrol estimating that there are about 55,000 merchant ships in service, it says that the available market for its Petro-Marine XRF TM system approximates $1.6 billion.