This article reports on the experience of the Royal Navy with reverse osmosis <RO> desalination equipment, particularly during the Falklands crisis. As a result of earlier Ministry of Defence studies, the decision to install RO in the new conventional submarine and in the Type 23 frigate had already been taken before the crisis broke out, but the emergency spurred on further use of RO as the only way in which desalination capacity could be quickly augmented in the merchant ships that were taken from trade to assist the Fleet in war conditions. In the ensuing three months RO was installed in 16 merchant ships and in five warships. The lessons learnt in the Falklands operation were in four areas: vibration and resilient mountings, osmosis membrane performance, filtration and system design. Despite the new technology involved in RO, its hitherto unproven sea performance, and the paucity of training of ships' personnel in operating this type of equipment, the majority of the plants fitted into the 21 ships worked satisfactorily.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Mar. Eng. Rev., March 1983, p. 17 (2 pp.,2 diags, 1 phot.)
  • Authors:
    • Dean, R A
  • Publication Date: 1983


  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00684730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM