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ERMA FIRST Debunks 10 BWT Myths

Green4Sea Forum ERMA FIRST’s International Sales Manager, Mr. Leif Eric Caspersen

Ten myths about Ballast Water Treatment debunked ERMA FIRST’s International Sales Manager, Leif Erik Caspersen, during his presentation at Green4Sea Forum, which was held on Wednesday, April 22, at Eugenides Foundation. The list of the 10 myths about ballast water treatment follows: Ship owners organizations will force IMO to postpone the ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM). This myth was debunked, as it was clarified that this is not going to happen. With all the ballast water being carried around the world, it is too late to protect the environment». This was the second myth that Erma First’s International Sales Manager debunked, stressing out that every nine weeks invasive species introduce successfully in the marine environment causing even greater damage than an oil spill, situation that is not going to change unless we apply efficient measures. Port Authorities will not fine ship owners that will miss the deadlines for Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) installment. It was refuted that port authorities will not impose fines, as there are no indications that this is a potential scenario when relevant regulation comes into force. There will be not enough suppliers of Ballast Water Treatment Systems


Alfa Laval’s PureBallast Treats Tankers

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PureBallast, Alfa Laval’s chemical-free system for ballast water treatment developed in cooperation with Wallenius Water, will be installed aboard two new bitumen tankers for Nynas, a supplier of specialty petroleum products. It is the first ballast water treatment installation adapted to the hazardous tanker environment. Nynas, a specialist in naphthenic oils and one of Europe’s leading suppliers of bitumen


Hyde Marine, Goltens Enter Engineering Agreement

Hyde Marine, Inc., announced today it has launched an agreement with Goltens Green Technologies division to help shipowners determine how to best fit the chemical free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) onto its existing vessels. Hyde Marine’s partnership with Goltens will allow shipowners to benefit from precision 3D laser scanning and modeling, which helps eliminate complications during the BWTS installation process on existing vessels


Ballast Water Technology Installation & Innovative Drive Contols

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Specifying for ballast water treatment systems can be a difficult process. Ian Hamilton, sales manager for marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, offers guidance.   Ballast water, which is used to maintain balance and stability when a ship is empty of cargo, has been identified as a key factor responsible for bringing invasive species of microorganisms into non-indigenous environments, causing a major threat to marine ecosystems.


AER Supply to Showcase Sewage Treatment Technology

AER Supply, an international distributor of marine products, is featuring a cost-effective MEPC-compliant onboard sewage treatment system for the U.S. commercial marine market at the 2013 WorkBoat Show. AER was named earlier this year as the distributor for Severn Trent De Nora marine wastewater disinfection systems for the Gulf Coast and other regions of the United States. The Severn Trent De Nora MARINER OMNIPURE Series 55 marine sewage treatment systems are designed specifically to


Ballast Water Convention Fate in the Balance -Coldharbour CEO

Andrew Marshall (Photo: Coldharbour)

Delegates at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 71, due to gather in London during the first week of July, may well have the last chance to ensure that the long-delayed Ballast Water Convention is implemented, as intended, in an orderly fashion when ships undergo their special surveys, once every five years.   This, says Coldharbour Chief Executive Andrew Marshall, will ultimately decide whether the Convention’s requirements are finally fulfilled across the


Ecochlor BWTS for International Shipholding Ships

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Ecochlor, Inc. said that International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) agreed to purchase seven ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) from Ecochlor for installation on certain ISH vessels. These systems are expected to be delivered between 2014 and 2016 and will be installed on several classes of ships including vehicle carriers and bulk carriers. With new ballast water regulations taking effect in the U.S. and with the expected ratification of the International Maritime


CleanBallast Approved by USCG

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As one of the first ballast water treatment systems, RWO’s CleanBallast has received the AMS approval .   This certificate is awarded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and is considered to be the crucial supporting requirement for future purchasing decisions of shipowners and yards.   The AMS approval is just the latest success in a series of achievements RWO accomplished in the past months


SunRui BWTS Earns USCG Type Approval

Mr. Fu Hongtian General Manager of Sunrui (left) and Vincent Li, DNV GL’s Regional Business Development Manager for Greater China. (Photo: DNV GL)

The Chinese manufacturer SunRui and classification society DNV GL celebrated last week, as Sunrui became the fourth manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) to obtain type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).   Its BalClor system treats ballast water in three steps: Filtration, seawater electro-chlorination for disinfection and neutralization. The company is the first Asian manufacturer to be awarded the USCG type approval certificate for BWTS


DESMI Containerized BWTS Tested by Maersk

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DESMI Ocean Guard’s containerised BWTS solution successfully 
tested by A.P. Moller - Maersk. The OxyClean system based on UV and ozone has come through testing in both fresh, brackish and salt water, and Maersk Line concluded it to be an attractive solution, in particular for container ship retrofits. Per Hother Rasmussen from Maersk Maritime Technology explains: ”We have tested containerized ballast water treatment system plants on two different vessels and we find it a viable


LR to Oversee Testing of Coldharbour’s BWTS

Pictured (L-R): Nick Brown, Marine and Offshore Director, Lloyd’s Register and Andrew Marshall, Chief Executive, Coldharbour Marine. (Photo: Coldharbour Marine)

U.K.-based manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems based on unique inert gas technology Coldharbour Marine said it has signed a contract with Lloyd’s Register (LR) to oversee the complete range of tests required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in its type approval process


Grand Bahama Shipyard Appoints UK Representative

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Grand Bahama Shipyard and L&R Midland (UK) Ltd have signed an exclusive agency agreement covering the U.K. markets effective June 1, 2017.   Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has engaged L&R Midland (UK) as its representative in the U.K


ICS Pleased with IMO's Enviromental Progress

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Commenting on the outcome of last week’s meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents the world’s national shipowners’ associations – says it is


BWM Should Not Distort the Market: Intercargo

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 In view of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee upcoming meeting (MEPC 71 during 3-7 July 2017), Intercargo re-iterates its welcoming the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention in September.   


TransLink Orders Second Damen SeaBus

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TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, has signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for an additional SeaBus, to ferry passengers between downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.


Ballast Water Treatment Systems: How to Ensure They Work

How to ensure you have a ballast water treatment system on board that actually works   The second half of 2016 brought shockwaves to some ship owners who were still in a state of denial about the need to install ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) onboard their vessels


US Built Refrigerated Liquefied Gas Carrier Launched

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New ATB tank barge will transport up to 22,000 tons of American-made anhydrous ammonia (NH3), a key ingredient in fertilizer   U.S. shipbuilder Vigor has launched The Harvest, the first complex liquefied ammonia transport barge built in the U.S. for Jones Act trade since 1982


ICS Urges IMO to Set Ballast Water Implementation Dates

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 The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to back a proposal from a broad coalition of governments concerning the implementation dates for installing new ballast water treatment systems.   


DFDS Orders Two Large RoRos from China

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Northern European shipping and logistics company DFDS said it has ordered another pair of large ro-ro ships from the Jinling Shipyard, doubling its order placed last year at the Chinese yard.   DFDS signed a contract with Jinling in 2016 for the construction of two ro-ro vessels, each with 6


Langh Tech Scrubber Honored

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The scrubber from Langh Tech received the Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award at the Baltic Sea Forum in Berlin. The third-place award was handed to Langh Group’s Chairman of the Board, Maritime Counsellor Hans Langh by Professor Kurt Bodewig, European Coordinator Baltic-Adriatic.  


Hatenboer-Water Wins Order for Saga Newbuilds

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Netherlands based Hatenboer-Water said it will supply water treatment equipment for two new cruise vessels currently under construction for Saga Cruises at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.   The equipment, which conditions fresh water derived from bunkering in the harbor or seawater


MHI and MHPS Jointly Develop Marine SOx Scrubber

 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) have jointly developed a Large-scale Rectangular Marine Scrubber that efficiently removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gases emitted by marine diesel engines.  


Boris Johnson Visits Coldharbour Marine

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visiting Coldharbour Marine (Credit: Nottingham Post / Coldharbour Marine)

 U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson paid a visit to Coldharbour Marine recently as the ballast water treatment system manufacturer’s facility in Nottinghamshire gears up for significant export-oriented production. Coldharbour Marine has spent more than 10 years researching and


Rolls-Royce Bags 15 Engine Order in Norway

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Rolls-Royce said it has signed a deal to supply 15 gas engines to Norwegian Ferry Company, Torghatten Nord AS. The engines will power five Multi Maritime designed LNG ferries operating between Bergen and Stord.   Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, Engines – Marine, said


Seaspan Installs BWTS on Louis Dreyfus Cable Layer

Following five weeks of repair and installation activities, Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock (VDC) has completed its refit activities on Louis Dreyfus’ Ile de Batz Special Purpose/Cable Layer vessel.   Arriving on April 21 and departing VDC on-schedule on May 25, 2017, the Paris






 
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