The Illimex UV-C Air Sterilisers use a combination of sterilisation technologies to eliminate airborne pathogens (Images not to scale)
Ship outfitting and interior outfitting company MJM Marine has partnered with Ilimex, a manufacturer of UV-C air sterilisers, to adapt its products for the marine industry.
The Ilimex UV-C Air Sterilisers use a combination of sterilisation technologies to eliminate airborne pathogens. The units also remove pollutants from their immediate environment, including formaldehydes, benzene, nitrogen dioxide, mould spores, smoke and particulate matter, among others. This is done by employing wide-band, extra long-life UV sources, with components including a high-efficiency power source, titanium dioxide photocatalytic filtration, an anti-bacterial filter and activated carbon. There are six products developed by Ilimex which come in various sizes, allowing them to cover different areas across a ship.
“We are delighted to have played our part in the promotion of this innovative technology for use in the cruise and ferry industry,” said Gary Annett, CEO of MJM Marine. “With our interior outfitting expertise and Ilimex’s technological advances, we are able to bring this technology directly to our clients ensuring seamless integration with the existing interiors.”
Environmental efficiency consultants were contacted by Ulster University in conjunction with Ilimex to conduct an assessment of the air purification efficiency of an Ilimex sterilisation unit at a test location. Tests were then conducted in the crew canteen area onboard the Irish Ferries ship Ulysses. During the three-week assessment period in this heavy use area, various chemical, physical and microbiological parameters were measured under different scenarios. The test results proved that the unit was able to remove pathogens from the air effectively.
“Partnering with MJM has enabled us to introduce our products to the marine industry and carry out a period of testing in that environment under the watchful eye of independent academics from Ulster University,” said Gerry Corrigan, CEO of Ilimex. “Through the success of this trial, MJM is able to make this air sterilisation technology available to its clients in the marine industry, helping everyone to make a return to safe cruising.”
MJM also recently hosted the UK Government’s National Shipbuilding Office (NSO) as part of its tour of the UK. The NSO is currently meeting with marine supply companies as part of the National Ship Building Strategy to drive change across the shipbuilding industry and wider maritime sector and supply chains.
“It was a great opportunity to host the team from the NSO at MJM Marine Head Office in Newry,” said Annett. “Across the group we have 210,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 80 years of outfitting experience. The team were taken on a tour of our facilities and chatted about our future growth plans, industry opportunities and challenges.”
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