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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Water Treatment

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

Ballast Water Rules Create Conundrum for Shipowners

Speaking today before a conference on ballast water treatment regulation, World Shipping Council President Chris Koch outlined the conundrum facing the maritime industry caused by the lack of any globally accepted ballast water treatment technology.   While there is general, global acceptance of the IMO’s ballast water treatment discharge standard, there is today no globally accepted ballast water treatment technology that meets that standard – meaning that vessel operators

RWO Reports a Healthy Interest in CleanBallast System

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After RWO’s CleanBallast system was considered as the first choice by Canadian shipowner Seaspan, the Bremen-based marine water treatment expert is proud to announce further contracts for its ballast water treatment system for Belgian and Canadian shipowners.   Canada’s Canfornav will install the RWO system on four 36,000dwt bulk carriers at Yangfan shipyard, and another four CleanBallast units are destined for 38

California SLC Recommends Delay BWT Standards

The California State Lands Commission's (SLC) report '2013 Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability, and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Systems for Use in California Waters' concludes that no shipboard ballast water treatment systems are currently available to meet all of California’s performance standards for the discharge of ballast water. Commission staff reviewed 75 shipboard ballast water treatment systems for this analysis, however

Europe to Dominate Ballast Water Treatment Market

Ballast water treatment market, Europe to dominate market revenues from 2017 to 2019, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan The global ballast water treatment systems market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent from 2012 until 2019. The retrofit market is expected to account for a substantial share of the global market during its peak installation period in 2018. Bulk carriers as well as oil and chemical tankers will be key end users

USCG Denies DESMI’s BWTS Test Appeal

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The U.S. Coast Guard has denied ballast water treatment systems manufacturer DESMI Ocean Guard’s appeal regarding the USCG’s initial decision to reject the use of the MPN test method in type approval testing of ballast water treatment systems.   Even though DESMI is considering all options, a test program for the RayClean system has already been launched in order to demonstrate compliance with the FDA test method accepted by the USCG.  

MOL Installs Ballast Water Treatment System on VLCC

In front of the VLCC Libra Trader, which recently had a new ballast water treatment system installed, representatives of the vessel’s management company, MOL Tankship Management (Asia) Pte Ltd., and the shipyard pose for a commemorative shot.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced completion of work to install a ballast water treatment system on the very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) Libra Trader at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. On January 10, the company announced plans to install the system on a VLCC ahead of IMO installation compulsion. MOL is the first Japanese shipping company to install such a system for existing VLCC. Keppel Shipyard has timely delivered the vessel as committed and Libra Trader has already returned to service

First Order for Wärtsilä Slop Water Treatment

Photo: Wärtsilä

The new Wärtsilä slop water treatment system has been ordered for an ultra-deep water drill ship operating in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the first for Wärtsilä’s new system. The contract was signed in the end of 2013. The Wärtsilä slop water treatment system is designed to treat and clean water contaminated with slop or drilling mud. For operators, large volumes of slop mud result in enormous disposal expenses and represent a potentially significant

Ecochlor BWTS Chosen for 8 New Bulkers

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Times Navigation, Inc. has selected Ecochlor, Inc. to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on a fleet of eight new CROWN63 (63,500 DWT) ultra-max bulk carriers that will be constructed at SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group.   Ecochlor’s President, Tom Perlich, said, “We are very pleased to be working with Times Navigation and their advisors, United Naval Architects Ltd. (UNA). Times Navigation is clearly committed to protecting the coastal environment

Langh Tech Scrubbers for Norwegian Cruise Line Newbuilds

Breakaway Plus class vessel (Image: Meyer Werft)

Finnish manufacturer and supplier of scrubber solutions Langh Tech will deliver scrubber systems to two new cruise vessels on order at Meyer Werft in Papenburg for (NCL).   The two newbuildings of NCL’s Breakaway Plus class will be equipped with Langh Tech’s hybrid type scrubbers, enabling unrestricted operation in closed loop mode. Delivery includes scrubber units for all five engines on each ship and treatment plants for the scrubber water.  

ERMA FIRST Partners with Bactest

Photo: ERMA FIRST S.A.

 ERMA FIRST, leading Ballast Water Treatment System manufacturer and award-winning Bactest, producers of the only fully integrated ballast water testing solution have announced their partnership.    This promising partnership enables ERMA FIRST to sell Bactest’s rapid IMO-D2 compliance testing toolkit “Speedy Breedy SeaSure” along with ERMA FIRST BWTS FIT.   “ERMA FIRST has always been committed to deliver total ballast water solutions for all

Wison Launches Buoyant Tower Solutions with Storage

The overall effect diagram of New Buoyant Tower solution with storage (Photo: Wison)

Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a new Buoyant Tower solution with condensate or oil storage, adopting Wison’s proprietary Buoyant Tower technology. This floating concept provides a new economic and reliable option for the oil and gas development in the shallow to medium-depth waters.   Originally invented by Ed Horton and Lyle Finn, the Buoyant Tower technology was first applied to BPZ CX-15 project offshore Peru when both Ed and Lyle worked for Horton Wison Deepwater Inc

Envirocleanse to Install BWTS on CMB Vessel

Image: Glosten

Ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer Envirocleanse said it recently signed an Agreement with CMB/Bocimar to install the patented inTank BWTS aboard the Capesize bulk carrier, Mineral New York. The initial installation will be designed as a pilot study to reflect much of CMB's fleet and will include the treatment of a cargo hold being used in part as a ballast tank.    Envirocleanse is currently undergoing both land-based and shipboard testing aboard the USTS Golden

Alfa Laval Introduces PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex system (Photo: Alfa Laval PureBallast)

Now in its third generation, the newest Alfa Laval PureBallast ballast water treatment system has been engineered to minimize footprint and installation costs.   Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 Compact Flex is the latest addition to the PureBallast family of systems. Based on loose components, it is the answer to space and flexibility needs. Available for flows of 32–1,000 m3/h, it packs the leading ballast water treatment technology into a footprint up to 20 percent smaller than that

Euronav Responses to a Weaker Tanker Market

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 The Belgium-based  crude oil tanker company Euronav has taken affirmative action in response to a weaker tanker background, said a press statement from the company.   The Company has a strong balance sheet with low leverage and access to over USD 800 million of liquidity following its entry into the debt capital markets during Q2.    High quality fixed income (the FSO vessels and 4 x 7 year Suezmax time charters) secured via strong relationships and with

SeaCURE BWTS Completes USCG Type Approval Tests

The Evoqua SeaCURE system has completed all USCG Type Approval tests (Photo: Evoqua)

SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), the electrochlorination based solution from Evoqua Water Technologies, has completed all biological efficacy U.S. Coast Guard Type-Approval tests.   Tests were carried out under the supervision of classification society Lloyd’s Register and the independent laboratory NSF International will now compile test data for submission to the USCG for imminent approval.   

SGS Group Orders Ballast Water Monitoring Kits

30 Rapid ATP ballast water monitoring kits will be supplied to SGS Group, which has been contracted to monitor treated ballast water by several countries  (Photo: aqua-Tools)

aqua-tools, the specialist in water microbiology, has delivered the first in series of 30 state-of-the-art Rapid ATP Ballast Water Monitoring Systems to SGS Group. The Geneva-based testing and certification body has agreements in place with several countries to inspect and monitor the treated ballast waters of vessels entering their ports, the latest of which is The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Vessels discharging ballast water in Saudi Aramco ports will be required to present a ballast

‘Lunch-and-Learn’ Planned for Fleet Optimization Conference

The organizers of SHIPPINGInsight 2017 say a Lunch-and-Learn program will be held during the annual Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, to be held October 10-12, at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Conn.   The Lunch-and-Learn event on Wednesday, October 11 will feature sponsored topic-table discussion groups, which will address timely, themed issues. Each table will be hosted by a representative of the sponsoring company

BOLLFILTER Wins Arbitration over OceanSaver

After four years an arbitral tribunal has fully dismissed OceanSaver AS’ claim for compensation against BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS, Denmark.   In 2013, OceanSaver AS initiated an arbitration case in Denmark against BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS, claiming that BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS had delivered defective filtration machines with wire mesh filters to OceanSaver AS in 2010 and 2011.   The filtration machines, developed and manufactured by German Boll & Kirch Filterbau GmbH

Danish Shipping's New Guide to BWM

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 Danish Shipping launches a new guide regarding the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention, which will enter into force on 8 September 2017.   In a few days, the Ballast Water Management Convention will enter into force. In future all new built ships must be equipped with a ballast water treatment system. For existing ships, systems must be installed as from 8 September 2019 to 8 September 2024.  

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S Launches New BWMS

Rasmus Folsø, CEO of DESMI Ocean Guard. (Photo: DESMI Ocean Guard)

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S launched a new Ballast Water Management System – CompactClean. According to the manufacturer, the name reflects that this system sets a new standard for how small the footprint of a BWMS can get. At the same time, the system is designed and optimized to provide reliable and compliant treatment of ballast water under all operational conditions encountered by a ship in worldwide trade “With the CompactClean system we have managed to develop a system that can

BWTS Manufacturer OceanSaver Bankrupt

 Insufficient liquidity has led Norwegian ballast water treatment system manufacturer OceanSaver to file for bankruptcy. The company’s board of directors filed a petition to dissolve the company on September 13.   Established in 2003, OceanSaver was among the first suppliers to be approved by IMO in 2008 and obtained USCG type approval in December 2016.   However, OceanSaver said it faced “significant downward pressure on equipment prices

Ecochlor Named a Top Growing Manufacturing Company

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Ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer Ecochlor said it has been recognized by Inc. 500|5000 as one of the fastest-growing manufacturing companies in the U.S.   The Inc. 500 award, representing the top 10 percent of the 5,000 companies chosen, was presented to Ecochlor with a ranking of eight in the U.S. for manufacturing, 16 in Best Massachusetts companies and overall placement of 453 for all companies throughout America.   

IMS Group Buys OceanSaver Assets

Norway’s IMS group AS announced it has signed a purchase agreement with the OceanSaver Trustee to acquire the ballast water treatment system manufacturer’s intellectual property, certificates and assets following its bankruptcy filed on September 13, 2017.   OceanSaver had sold approximately 200 ballast water treatment systems and was among the first suppliers to be approved by IMO, to successfully complete the stringent test regime by the U.S

Polaris Orders 10 ‘Green’ VLOCs at Hyundai Heavy

At the signing ceremony, Chung Ki-sun, Executive Vice President of Corporate Planning Office of HHI is shaking hands with Kim Wan-jung, CEO of Polaris Shipping. Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced today that it signed a $800 Million worth contract to build ten 325,000 dwt VLOCs (Very Large Ore Carrier) with Polaris Shipping, the domestic dry bulk owner and operator, on September 25.   The contract is the largest single order in the last five years since HHI received an order of ten large-sized containerships from a Greek shipping company in 2012.  

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