OceanSaver announced the commissioning of its first fully operational system onboard Höegh Autoliners PCTC (Pure Car Truck Carrier), Höegh Trove.
“Höegh Trove is the first vessel in the world to have a fully operational OceanSaver BWT system. OceanSaver cost-effectively complies with pending IMO Ballast Water Treatment regulations,” says Oistein Dahl, President of Höegh Fleet Services and Head of Ship Management at Höegh Autoliners (Höegh).
Höegh has built a strong green brand through its ISO 14001 certification and ongoing eco-friendly initiatives, including scrapping 10 vessels and recycling garbage onboard.
“We are looking for the best systems and products to give us a very green footprint. In addition to carefully evaluating our BWT system, we are replacing any product, from stern tube lube oil and cleaning products to cooling agents and light bulbs, to make our operation as eco-friendly as said Dahl.
With a cargo capacity of 6500 ceu and max speed of 18.6 kts, Höegh Trove is a medium size vessel demanding sizable and easy ballast operations.
The OceanSaver delivery consisted of the supply and installation of two sets first generation ballast systems, each with a treatment capacity of up to 500 cu. m./hr.
Höegh Trove features two C2E disinfectant units, two 50 micron filters and two C3T cavitation units. The system is fully integrated into the existing vessel automation system.
“A retrofit installation is challenging from many points of view for a vessel trading worldwide; but we are happy to see that OceanSaver system works very well. The crew find the system very easy to operate.” says Dahl.
“BWT systems are very new to the shipping industry and while some owners want a strong hands-on engagement with our engineers, others choose to delegate, opting for a more remote level of involvement,” says Stein Foss, CEO of OceanSaver.
“We installed the BWT system at the most convenient location for Höegh and worked in strict compliance with the agreed-on design intent, executing all assembly and testing aspects in absolute highest quality. This is a very user, maintenance friendly system. And a major milestone for OceanSaver and Höegh,” says Foss.