Ductless Minisplit A/C installed on Large Ship in Galveston TX
When you’re in the HVAC business you are typically on the ready for new and different scenarios. This particular job was no exception. We were called out by Boa Marine Offshore to investigate the possibility of installing a ductless minisplit HVAC system for one particular room on the ship. After a brief discussion about the general job we set up an appointment to investigate further and coordinate with their team about executing this project.
What we found was no typical installation. Some specific impeding factors were condensation, rejecting heat properly through the condenser, having a route for the copper line set to travel as well as the ability to mount and secure both indoor and outdoor units so that they could be “sea worthy”. Despite the initial impeding factors we found solutions to all of them through the help of the team on board. In the process it became increasingly apparent that the men and women on board were anxious for some relief.
This specific room we were cooling down was not large but created an extremely large amount of heat through various piping and equipment nearby. All of which was a bit above my understanding. To combat this tremendous heat we installed a 30,000 BTU LG heat pump minisplit. We chose this specific unit for both its cooling capacity as well that it can heat the room when needed. Additionally this is a system that is very efficient. At 18 SEER the unit will use much less energy than a baseline 13 SEER. Especially considering the load demands where this ductless system will likely work around the clock.