TRAC Ecological’s water systems cleaning service – which can include engines, heat exchange systems, crossover piping - is going from strength to strength as engineers look to reduce the cost of necessary system maintenance.

According to the company’s CEO, Kevin Greene he recently demonstrated the significant savings that his company’s service affords, both in financial terms and time savings, when compared to the alternative dismantling and cleaning of multiple systems. “I undertook an experiment with the chief engineer of a 60m motoryacht that was here in Fort Lauderdale”, he says.

“He came from more of an old-school mentality where he didn’t have a lot of experience using chemicals. The shipyard gave him a quote of $35,000 just to dismantle the equipment, which was purely a budgetary figure because once you open up the pipes you’ll find additional costs… Next the manufacturer of each system has to come in, dismantle it and take it back to their shop for cleaning. At the very least you’re looking at three or four vendors included, and to orchestrate all that, you’re looking at a two to three week timeframe.

“We came in, and in two to three days, had the entire system inspected whilst coming in at around an eighth of the price - four to five thousand dollars.”

Greene acknowledges that the TRAC service is not a replacement for internal piping inspections, but says his chemical cleaning process circumvents the need for unnecessary intrusive inspections of piping that can mean time out of the water.

And this in-and-out, on-site option seems to be gaining popularity, as the South Florida-based company’s service provision has seen them install service engineers in European hubs including Mallorca and Viareggio.

“As far as marine goes, the superyacht sector is probably our biggest sector”, Greene explains. “We have around a 95 per cent success rate and it seems that, once an engineer or captain gives it a try it becomes a yearly appointment on the preventative maintenance schedule.”



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