50 years on, pioneer of oil and gas safety tech still sees room to grow
An equipment manufacturer for safety technologies used onboard product and chemical tankers and LNG vessels said it is investing in innovative solutions for an evolving market based on a lifetime of work from one of its longest-serving employees.
Inert gas generator manufacturer Smit, owned by Alfa Laval, tapped Eddie Gensen who started at Willem Smit & Co in 1966 as a 16-year-old technical apprentice (pictured below, right) to offer a birds eye view of the technologys history and its future in the marine industry.
Mr Gensen, who is now semi-retired, said the future still holds opportunity in the business sector where he helped to develop the first Smit Inert Gas system for maritime use in 1967 and has continued to innovate for more than 50 years.
From what I see, we will always have new types of ships who need inert gas, Mr Gensen said.
Mr Gensen said the uptick in the use of gas as fuel is one industry trend that offers an opportunity for growth, and that the need for Alfa Laval Smit inert gas technologies remains high on tankers, too.
The technology has been a requirement for fire prevention on newbuild oil and chemical tankers under IMOs SOLAS regulations since 1 January 2016, but classification societies have been demanding the systems be installed on vessels since 1981 after the late 1970s saw a spate of tanker explosions.
Mr Gensen worked to develop inert gas systems both wit....