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temperatures and pressures in the tanks. This brochure tells you how your LNG carrier operation can become more efficient and profitable with the Saab TankRadar custody transfer system. reliable information about your cargo. Raising your eyes. 2 .Reliable tank gauging for LNG carriers Thousands of tons of liquefied natural gas rush through the pipes into the tanks of your LNG carrier. you look beyond the dazzling lights of the tank terminal into the dark sand dunes behind. Concentrating on the levels. you feel confident that the Saab TankRadar system is giving you instant. accurate.
The Saab TankRadar custody transfer system can be installed on LNG carriers with 3 either spherical or membrane type tanks. .
. The Work Stations are 4 based on PCs with a fast real time operating system. The system is operated using a light pen.All values from the Saab TankRadar system are available on the Work Stations.
when your job is to handle liquefied natural gas in a safe. The temperature and pressure sensors are connected to the radar tank gauges. 5 . so that the Saab TankRadar system always gives you the complete picture of the cargo in your LNG tanks. With the Saab TankRadar custody transfer system for LNG carriers. With the tank gauges on top of the tanks. transporting or discharging.In control of your cargo The feeling of being in control and of being able to rely on your equipment is important to all professionals in tanker operations. your Saab TankRadar system will soon pay off with its reliable operation. this becomes significantly important. loading. But. Knowing how much unscheduled downtime costs. you have reliable information so that you can safely control your cargo operation. there are no parts inside the tanks that can break down or degrade. You receive accurate. reliable figures during all stages of No downtime due to repairs inside the tanks With Saab TankRadar we introduce a whole new way of measuring the cargo in LNG carriers. Accurate and reliable radar measurement We have put a lot of effort into making a tank gauge that measures with high accuracy even under the most demanding circumstances. efficient way.
temperature and pressure. based on accurate measurements and calculations. It uses certified tank tables and corrects for parameters. NKKK. Verification at any time Whenever company procedures or measurement standards require verification. trim and heel. the crew can easily verify the performance of any of the Saab TankRadar gauges. The Saab TankRadar gauge measures ullage. such as thermal expansion of the tank and the still pipe. From these values the Work Station calculates for example. Saab TankRadar ’s accuracy of ± 5 mm meets the requirement of LNG exporters and importers. approved the Saab TankRadar system. the propagation speed of the radar waves in the vapor space. The custody transfer system must generate detailed and indisputable cargo reports. This pin is “invisible” to the tank gauge in normal operation. the Japanese sworn surveyor. the performance of the Saab TankRadar gauges can be checked against verifiers set to correspond to 20% and 80% of the tank’s level. Furthermore. They just set it to measure the distance to a verification pin inside the still pipe. levels.Certified custody transfer system The costs of transporting gas and the cost of the cargo places a lot of importance on the custody transfer system on any LNG carrier. vapor and liquid average temperatures and cargo volumes at average liquid temperature. has certified the Saab TankRadar system for custody transfer. And all the major classification societies have type Accuracy certified by NKKK Saab TankRadar is a complete custody transfer system for LNG carriers. 6 .
7 Detailed and indisputable cargo reports are generated by the Saab TankRadar custody transfer system. .
Because the still pipe guides the radar waves. tested and back in operation in less than an hour. enter into it to repair the failed equipment. This means years of trouble free operation. In the unlikely event of a failure. 8 . inert it. which results in a strong echo from the liquid surface. The safety risk involved when gasfreeing is eliminated and no harmful gases have to be released to the environment. you really do not want to have electrical cabling or moving mechanical parts. Any failure on such equipment inside the tank might result in having to warm the tank. The tank gauge can be serviced. inert. with highly accurate and reliable results calculated and presented on the Work Stations. The electronic box of the Saab TankRadar gauge is placed outside the tank. Spare temperature sensors are stored onboard in the spare parts set. No LNG carrier operator wants to do these time-consuming tasks. with only the still pipe and the cone antenna inside the tank. Saab TankRadar means no maintenance No maintenance is required on the Saab TankRadar system. they can easily be replaced from outside the tank. The still pipe guides the radar waves The electronic box generates and transmits radar waves into the cone antenna. and may not be opened for years. purge and cool down the tank. This is where radar tank gauging. comes into the picture. very little signal energy is lost. the crew can easily replace it with a certified spare. It provides a smooth transition for the waves into the still pipe. Because the temperature sensors are placed in a thermowell.Radar is the natural choice for LNG carriers In a tank that is -160 °C. No equipment inside the tank can break down or degrade in operation. gasfree it.
The Saab TankRadar gauges are installed on top of your tanks. 9 No equipment inside the tank can break down or degrade in operation. .
Pressure seal Ball valve Electronic box Pressure sensor Protective hose Antenna cone Thermowell Temperature sensor Still pipe 10 .
The temperature sensors are installed in a thermowell. with the tank in operation. 11 This means that you can easily replace the electronic box and the temperature sensors. .The Saab TankRadar gauge is installed on top of a still pipe.
ready to be installed into the tank’s pipe tower or tripod. We deliver the still pipe in typically sixmeter-long. It can be installed on newbuildings or be retrofitted on existing LNG carriers.Convenient installation Because the only parts inside the tank are the still pipe. including the still pipe. The temperature sensors are installed into a thermowell manufactured by the shipyard. before delivery. Saab Marine Electronics supports the shipyard with documentation and technical support from the design stages to the commissioning of the system. that is also supervised by a sworn surveyor. numbered sections. Both the still pipe and the thermowell can share the same penetration through the tank dome. This minimizes testing at the shipyard and ensures the best possible measurement conditions. cone antenna and thermowell. the installation of the Saab TankRadar system is very convenient. After the sensors have been installed and connected. One of our certified service engineers assists during the commissioning of the system. the thermowell is inerted. we also provide comprehensive and dedicated documentation that includes all applicable certificates. through a factory acceptance test. Together with each Saab TankRadar system. Reduced testing at shipyard We put each Saab TankRadar system and each tank gauge. Technical support from design to commissioning 12 .
. 13 Both the still pipe and the thermowell can normally share the same tank penetration.Electronic box Protective hose for cables Antenna cone Still pipe Tank dome penetration Thermowell Temperature sensors Pipe for inerting the thermowell Pressure equalization hole Verification pin The Saab TankRadar system can be installed on newbuildings or retrofitted on existing LNG carriers.
1 T=18.000) m 2.avg 18. A printer is included for printing custody transfer reports and various logs.1 T=18.00 m/h T=19.502 m 0.00 m/h T=19.8 C CT2 Ullage 8.65 mm in stainless steel or aluminum Thermowell (yard supply): Max.00 m/h T=19.00 m/h T=19.630 m 0. The signal processors and memory circuits are doubled for internal redundancy in the Level Unit.4 barabs Pressure measurement accuracy: ±1% of full scale Still pipe (Saab or yard supply): 114. recommended 250 mm Pipe and thermowell: Min.956 m 0.8 C CT1 Ullage 1..559 m 0.8 C Back CT1 Ullage 1.8 C CT2 Ullage 8.000) m 2.6 T.1 T=18.avg 18. The tank gauges are connected to the Level Unit.00 m/h T=19.8 to 1.6 T.6 T.2 °C for cargo temperatures -165 to -145 °C. outer Ø 32 mm Tank penetration (yard supply): Still pipe only: Min.1 T=18.559 m 0.7 T=18.avg 18.8 C CT3 Ullage 5.Hi CT 6 Ullage 1.more Accept BuzzerStop LCP LCM LCS LCM LCS LCI Radar Tank Gauge Redundancy Box Interface to other computers I/O Box Still pipe and thermowell Technical specifications for Saab TankRadar Accuracy: ±5 mm Measurement range: 0-45 m Gauge operating temperature: -40 to +80 °C (intank temperatures can be down to -165 °C) Max.6 T.1 T=18. inner Ø 300 mm 14 .3 x 3.5 °C for cargo temperatures -145 to +50 °C Number of temperature sensors: Typically 5 active sensors per tank Pressure measurement range: 0.7 P T=18.7 T=18.8 C CT3 Ullage 5.00 m/h T=19. Wed Aug 24 20:05:30 1994 Help Exit all Wed Aug 24 20:05:30 1994 Help Exit all Level Unit 7 8 5 2 9 6 3 0 ALARM SYSTEM MENU SERV Saab TankRadar Window Overview Cargo System Fore T=18.956 m 0. A Work Station consists of a PC that is type approved for operating in the marine environment.7 T=18.7 T=18. ±1.avg 18. Work Station Printer Work Station Saab TankRadar Setup Group Trend Alarm Window Overview Setup Group Trend Alarm Cargo System Fore Back CT4 Ullage 1. • The Redundancy Box that automatically switches master Work Station. operating pressure: 8 barabs Intrinsic safety of gauge: EEx ia IIC T4 Temperature measurement range: -165 to +55 °C Temperature measurement accuracy (including sensor): ±0. inner Ø 154 mm.6 T..6 T.6 T.1 Exit LC7 LC8 LC6 LC5 LC4 26 bar 24 bar • The Work Stations that calculate the cargo volume from tank parameters and measured values.1 T=18.Technical details The main parts of the Saab TankRadar system are: • The tank gauges that measure ullage.avg 18.7 T=18.837 (2.837 (2.avg 18.more Accept BuzzerStop Alarm Hi.8 C OK i 4 1 ENTER CLEAR LC7 LC8 LC6 LC5 LC4 LC3 LC2 LC1 LC3 LC2 LC1 1 2 3 26 bar 24 bar 20 bar 23 bar 20 bar 23 bar Alarm Hi.6 T. if the active master fails.630 m 0.00 m/h T=19.avg 18.7 T=18.7 P P P P T=18.00 m/h T=19.avg 18.Hi CT 6 Ullage 1..502 m 0. • The Level Unit that contains much of the calculation power for the signal processing and the circuits for ensuring the intrinsic safety.. vapor pressure as well as liquid and vapor temperature. They also supervise and warn of any alarms that may occur.8 C P P P Exit CT4 Ullage 1.1 T=18.
tank terminals. In the early 1980s Saab Marine Electronics released Saab TankRadar for onshore tanks. appealed to the instrument engineers at Copyright © Saab Marine Electronics AB. Today. more than 1 100 tankers are sailing with Saab TankRadar systems. May 1998. Saab TankRadar is a registered trademark. onshore tanks are equipped with Saab TankRadar and it has been successfully installed on LNG storage tanks in Japan. Certified quality and environmental systems In 1992. We have released three generations of Saab TankRadar systems for tankers – each new generation bringing new customer benefits. Contents subject to change without prior notice.Saab Marine Electronics – Pioneers in radar tank gauging Tank gauging with radar is not a new technology for Saab Marine Electronics. refineries. produced and marketed radar tank gauging systems for tankers since 1975. Many of the same features that brought success on the tanker market. We have developed. More than 35 000 Saab TankRadar gauges have been installed on both tankers and onshore tanks. In 1997 we were again first to be certified according to ISO 14001 for our environmental management system. Saab Marine Electronics was the first supplier of tank gauging equipment to be certified according to ISO 9001. chemical plants and other industries. 15 . More than 500 LPG LNG/C Khannur with Saab TankRadar onboard.
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