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Wilhelmsen Ships Service assists Sanko in making environmental conversion

April 21, 2010 - Wilhelmsen Ships Service office in Japan has just completed an R-22 retrofit project on a vessel owned by a Japanese company, Sanko Line. The vessel "Sanko Spark" is changing from R-22 to the non ozone-depleting gas, R-417A, in compliance with EU regulations.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service engineers have been busy around the world converting R-22 refrigeration systems. Now they have performed this first refrigeration retrofit for a Japanese company. The conversion took place at Kimitsu on 16 March 2010.

"We are very pleased to have carried out this refrigerant changeover," said Katsuyoshi Sasaki, Account Sales Manager in Yokohama. "This shows that it is not just European vessels that are changing over to environmentally friendly gases. Japanese companies are also showing a strong interest in reducing their use of ozone-depleting gases."

The Sanko Steamship Co Ltd is a long-established and well-known shipping company in Japan. Sanko Line's operating fleet of 188 vessels consists of carriers for oil, raw materials, grain and other bulk cargoes, break bulk cargoes, forest products, liquefied gases and off-shore support vessels.


2010-04-21

Please see Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) company electronic office

For further information, contact:
Ole Jakob Ytterdal
Head of Communications
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Tel: +47 67 58 40 00
Mobile: +47 97 08 83 62
ole.j.ytterdal@wilhelmsen.com

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is part of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen group company. It has the world’s largest maritime services network, with 4,500 marine professionals servicing 2,200 ports in 125 countries.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service supplies safety products and services, Unitor products, Unicool refrigerants, Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, maritime logistics and ships agency to the maritime industry. Last year the company made product deliveries to 25,000 vessels and handled 70, 000 port calls.

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