Ballast Water Management News

22 May 2019

Optimarin Gears Up for BWMS Retrofit Wave

Tore Andersen (Photo: Optimarin)

Optimarin is growing its staff to effectively handle the growing wave of ballast water management system refit activity.The company, which expects to double its turnover this year, has employed Leiv Kallestad as its new CEO, allowing Tore Andersen, the incumbent, to spend his time enhancing market focus and customer service. In order to handle the expected surge in retrofit installations, expected to peak in 2022-23, Optimarin will now make plans for additional expansion, with growth in the technical and sales departments.Optimarin has now sold 750 of its simple…

16 May 2019

20 May is the European Maritime Day

Pic: European Commission

The Maritime Day was established in 2008 by the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission as part of the European Union (EU) Maritime Policy to raise the awareness of the seas and their importance.This year, the annual event is being held over two days, 16-17 May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal. The theme of the event is "blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains".Representing EU and Norwegian Shipowners…

13 May 2019

IMO Spotlight on Shipping, Environment

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) said that its key environment protection meeting has opened for its 74th session (13-17 May).The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships is a key agenda item, following up on the initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships, said the UN body.A working group is expected to be established, continuing the work of an intersessional meeting which met last week (7-10) May.The fourth IMO GHG study is expected to be initiated…

13 May 2019

Evac Evolution BWMS Gains IMO Approval

Photo: Evac Group

The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco, which has been part of Evac Group since May 2018.The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements which encompass the revised G8 standard and the recently introduced Ballast Water Management Code which has much more robust definitions of the design limitations of the equipment.The Evac Evolution BWMS is also well on its…

09 May 2019

ABS Supports BW Compliance as IMO Deadline looms

ABS published its 2019 Ballast Water Management Advisory providing critical advice to owners in advance of the five-year window beginning September 2019, requiring retrofits of BWM systems on existing ships.“We anticipate roughly 6,000 vessels per year over the next five years will need to be retrofitted with ballast water management systems to meet the revised IMO compliance dates,” said William Burroughs, ABS Ballast Water Management Lead. “We recognize this is a large portion of the fleet and will only be achievable through proper planning and effective project management and execution. This Advisory provides in-depth guidance to help owners understand the complexity of retrofitting ballast water management systems…

09 May 2019

ABS Supports Ballast Water Compliance

Image: ABS

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, published its 2019 Ballast Water Management Advisory providing critical advice to owners in advance of the five-year window beginning September 2019, requiring retrofits of BWM systems on existing ships.“We anticipate roughly 6,000 vessels per year over the next five years will need to be retrofitted with ballast water management systems to meet the revised IMO compliance dates…

08 May 2019

DESMI Bags Frame Agreement for Sea Tankers Fleet

Image: DESMI Ocean Guard A/S

Denmark-based developer of ballast water management systems (BWMS), DESMI Ocean Guard A/S  announced that Sea Tankers have selected its CompactClean BWMS for installation on their existing fleet of vessels, and also appointed DESMI Ocean Guard to undertake all the required engineering for the retrofit installations.According to plan, the first three vessels will be retrofitted with CompactClean BWMS in 2019, the rest will follow in the subsequent years.All the vessels will be retrofitted with a CompactClean-750 system installed in a container on the deck of the vessel.

06 May 2019

Wärtsila: Earns Dual BWMS USCG Approval

The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) was granted US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. With the company’s other BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC, already Type Approved by USCG, Wärtsilä says it becomes the first manufacturer able to offer two USCG Type Approved BWMS technologies.The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) technology utilizes proven filtration and UV irradiation, while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability. It retains its…

01 May 2019

BIMCO: "Continued Pressure" for Bulkers

Demolition of dry bulk ships in the first four months of 2019 was 120% higher than in the same period of 2018. Much of this increase comes from demolitions of Capesize ships, up from 1.1m DWT between January and April 2018 to reach 3.4m DWT in the first four months of 2019.Despite the increasing in scrapping, the bulk carrier market, particularly on the large ship side, will remain under pressure for a number of reasons, starting with stagnant demand, from the short term shock and impact of the dam collapse in Brazil and bad weather in Australia…

26 Apr 2019

USCG Recieves 25th BWMS Application

The Marine Safety Center received its 25th application for type approval for the HK-(E)C Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Miura Co., Ltd.MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.BWMS type approval applications and approval certificates are posted on MSC’s website. The list will be updated frequently in order to provide industry and the general public the most current information regarding the status of each application.

17 Apr 2019

DESMI's BWMS Entry Earns USCG Type Approval

The USCG-approved DESMI Ocean Guard CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (CREDIT: DESMI)

The DESMI Ocean Guard CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received US Coast Guard Type Approval. This approval comes just a few months after the CompactClean BWMS received IMO type approval and means that the system is now approved for worldwide operation.On April 16, 2019 DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) received US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval. The approval is valid for all salinities and sea water temperatures, and has no requirement for a special operating mode in US Territory.

03 Apr 2019

Oversupply Cause Failure in Shipping Market

Pic: ICS

The oversupply of tonnage in the shipping industry and unsustainably low freight rates is still a major challenge ten years after the massive downturn of 2008.Simon Bennett, Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) cautioned that shipping companies needed to show restraint when ordering new ships, to prevent stifling recovery."Yet the dark clouds of protectionism and slowing growth in key economies mean that the avoidance of overordering is now more important than ever…

02 Apr 2019

DEMSI's BWMS for DFDS Fleet

Photo courtesy of DESMI Ocean Guard

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S said that DFDS has selected the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for installation on its existing fleet of vessels.DFDS and DESMI Ocean Guard have signed a frame agreement for supply of CompactClean Ballast Water Management Systems to the existing fleet of vessels of DFDS. The agreement covers more than 40 ferries to be retrofitted in the period from early 2020 until end 2024. Most of the vessels will be retrofitted with either a CompactClean-340 or a CompactClean-500 system, with max flow capacities of 340 m3/h and 500 m3/h respectively.

26 Mar 2019

Sri Lanka, Korea Pact on BWMS

The team from CDPLC and Panasia present at the agreement signing. Photo: Colombo Dockyard

Sri Lanka's leading ship repair, ship building, heavy engineering and offshore engineering facility Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC)  inked an agreement with PANASIA, Korea as a partner for Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) and Scrubber installation.This collaboration with PANASIA will allow Colombo Dockyard to offer this service of installation of BWMS and Scrubbers to its clientele, said a press release from the ship building company is based in Colombo.Colombo Dockyard has already installed eight Numbers PANASIA Ballast Water Management Systems on its new construction vessels…

19 Mar 2019

ABS Updates Best Practices for BWMS

Photo: ABS

The global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries ABS published its updated Best Practices for Operation of Ballast Water Management (BWM) Systems Report, offering fresh insight on best practices to overcome key challenges with selecting, installing and operating a BWM system.First published in 2017, the updated 2019 Report captures the key discussion items, lessons-learned and valuable insight gathered and shared during its global program of industry workshops…

14 Mar 2019

In-depth Ballast Water Management Course

Photo courtesy of Lloyd’s Maritime Academy

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy has launched its first ever, in-depth online course focusing on the Ballast Water Management Convention.The ‘Certificate of Ballast Water Management’ will run as a 12-week distance learning course and will start on the March 28, 2019. Split into six modules, the course specifically focuses on ballast water management, the Convention and why it’s needed. It will highlight how the environmental concerns are addressed, as well as the role different job functions can…

26 Feb 2019

Ecochlor Opens New Factory

Ecochlor opened a new factory in North Haven, Connecticut for production of the chlorine dioxide generator for its ballast water management system (BWMS).Due to a surge in orders, ProFlow, Inc., Ecochlor's manufacturing partner, was able to quickly increase production capacity and efficiency by simultaneously incorporating LEAN manufacturing procedures and maintaining itsISO 9001 certification. ProFlow's production space has surpassed 30,000 sq. ft. and the new factory will be exclusively used to manufacture the generators.ProFlow has been building the Ecochlor BWMS generator since 2001.

08 Mar 2019

Wärtsilä to Provide BWMS for Eletson's Tankers

Eletson Vesssels (Photo courtesy of Wärtsilä)

The technology group Wärtsilä’s dual technology option for Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) will enable Greece based operator Eletson Corporation to have its entire fleet retrofitted from a single provider. A total of 23 product oil, chemical, and LPG carriers of the company’s fleet will be retrofitted with up to 69 Wärtsilä BWMS units, comprising of both their Aquarius UV (ultra-violet) and Aquarius EC (electro-chlorination) systems. The order was booked in February 2019.The…

01 Mar 2019

Spliethoff Gets Green Loan From ING, EIB

Pic: Spliethoff

Dutch banking group ING and the European Investment Bank said they will provide a EUR 110 million ($123 million) loan to Dutch ship management firm Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor B.V. for retrofitting vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems.According to a European Commission press release, Spliethoff will use the loan to retrofit 42 of its vessels with exhaust gas cleaning systems and ballast water management systems.The loan is part of the ING and EIB EUR300mln Green Shipping partnership signed in 2018…

06 Mar 2019

Quark to Implement Evac Solution

Image: Evac

The operator of polar exploration cruises Quark Expeditions will install with an Evac Complete Cleantech Solution that now includes a ballast water management system."With Evac solutions, it can be assured that Quark's new ship will have the least impact on the environment," claimed the provider of integrated qater management systems for the marine and offshore industries.The new expedition ship designed to carry up to 200 passengers will be built by Brodosplit in Croatia and…

12 Mar 2019

USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has reconsidered its previous interpretation of ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with respect to ballast water management system (BWMS) compliance dates. Due to drydock slippage, the Coast Guard has determined that existing extensions with a compliance date stipulated as the ‘first scheduled drydock after (date)’ will not be affected by circumstances such as drydocking for emergency purposes or to install an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) that did not involve a statutory out-of-the-water survey. (3/11/19) [http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2019/03/11/3-11-2019-ballast-water-compliance-date-extensions-next-scheduled-drydock/].(Source: Bryant's Maritime News)

17 Feb 2019

Ecochlor Wins BWMS Contract with ATC

Alaskan Tanker Company (ATC) will retrofit the Ecochlor ballast water management system (BWMS) on board their fleet including three VLCC crude oil tankers and an option for one additional vessel. Each of these vessels are U.S. flag tankers with Zone 1 and Zone 0 hazardous areas.The Ecochlor BWMS is approved for installation in both US Flag and International vessels in hazardous areas rated Zone 1 or Zone 0 through their U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval certification. The installations will start in the fall of 2019 and run through 2021 at the Sembawang Shipyard…

20 Feb 2019

Guyana Ratifies IMO Treaty

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Guyana has signed up to a host of International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties supporting safe, secure and clean international shipping.According to the UN body, the treaties cover a wide variety of topics including marine pollution, dumping waste at sea and responding to pollution incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances.Guyana ratified two key IMO measures designed to preserve bio-diversity – the Ballast Water Management Convention and another on use of harmful…

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