Ballast Water Treatment Systems News

13 Nov 2020

Norwegian Greentech to Supply BWTS for Wison's Fleet

Compact version of Norwegian Greentech’s water treatment system (Image: Norwegian Greentech)

Ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) manufacturer Norwegian Greentech revealed Friday that it has signed an agreement to deliver its systems for shipping company Wilson's fleet of bulk carriers and general cargo vessels.Bergen-headquartered Wilson is Norway's largest shipping company and is among the largest in Europe in its segment, with a fleet currently comprising 120 ships, most of which are owned by the company itself.Norwegian Greentech, part of the Havyard Group, produces BWTS solutions based on filtration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfections.

20 Aug 2020

Fincantieri Floats Out MSC Seashore

(Photo: Fincantieri)

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri announced Thursday it has floated out the new cruise ship MSC Seashore at its shipyard in Monfalcone. The vessel has been moved to a wet dock where interior outfitting work will continue until delivery to MSC Cruises in July 2021.MSC Seashore, which will be MSC Cruises’ longest ship at 339 metres and the largest and most innovative ever built in Italy, is the third of four vessels in MSC Cruises’ Seaside class, following MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

05 Aug 2020

Alaska Marine Lines Upgrading Its Rail Barges

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Alaska Marine Lines says four of its rail barges will receive new piping and ballast systems designed by Glosten with installation by Meridian Marine Industries."The rail barges are hitting 20 years of service and were in need of some upgrades," explains John Maketa, T-115 Port Engineer in Seattle. "These barges are the backbone of our rail operations and Central Alaska service. The updates will prepare them for another 20 years of service."Two barges, the Anchorage Provider and Whittier Provider, already have the new piping systems installed.

30 Jul 2020

Envoy Acquires Avantis Marine

Image Credit: Envoy

UK-based Envoy Group has acquired a marine engineering company, Avantis Marine, to target carbon reduction and clean energy solutions for offshore markets.Avantis specializes in marine engineering with a focus on environmental performance and clean technologies for the shipping, oil and gas and passenger transport markets. The business is headquartered in the Marshall Islands, and operates from bases in the UK, Monaco, Dubai, Singapore and Miami. Iain MacGregor, CEO of Envoy, a 2019 spin-off from oilfield service company Global Energy Group…

08 Jul 2020

Ecochlor Hires Scheid as Europe Business Development Manager

Sören Scheid (Photo: Ecochlor)

U.S.-based ballast water treatment systems manufacturer Ecochlor announced Sören Scheid will be managing the company's new office in Germany as the Regional Business Development Manager for Europe, Scandinavia and the U.K.Scheid brings to the role more than 10 years of work experience in the maritime industry, including roles in sales, process engineering and operational environmental protection.The Ecochlor ballast water management system (BWMS) uses a two-step process to treat ballast water; filtration followed by an injection of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) into the ballast lines.

18 Jun 2020

Alfa Laval Inks BWTS Frame Agreements

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Alfa Laval announced it has signed two frame agreements, running over the coming three years, for ballast water treatment systems. The agreements comprise firm orders to deliver Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 to about 40 vessels, with options covering another 40 systems.The value of the firm orders is approximately SEK 100 million, including Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 systems and in some cases, also deck houses and booster pump units.The orders will be booked in Alfa Laval's Marine Separation & Heat Transfer unit.“We are proud to have secured these orders – especially in these challenging times…

20 May 2020

Tech File: Automating Ballast Ops When Installing BWMS

Image: W&O/EMI

Installing ballast water treatment systems to comply with new regulations will require owners to automate ballast operations on board their vessels or barges. Retrofitting ballast water treatment systems generally requires modifications to the existing ballast systems. Many older vessels have remote operated valves, but no automation of the ballast system. EMI has been working with parent company W&O to provide blue water barges with innovative solutions to add automation functionality to their fleet.

06 May 2020

Alfa Laval Maintains BWTS Production Despite COVID-19

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Having quickly adapted to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures from the Danish government, Alfa Laval said its Aalborg, Denmark factory continues to meet global production demands for its PureBallast 3 ballast water treatment systems – and has even surpassed expectations.“While the world has slowed down, the implementation of the ballast water management convention remains unchanged,” said Peter Sahlén, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “We simply must continue meeting our customers’ needs…

10 Apr 2020

US Grants BWTS Extension Due to COVID-19

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The U.S. Coast Guard is giving additional time for vessels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with regulations requiring ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) to be installed on board.Recognizing the impact of public health policies and the importance of a the continued flow of maritime commerce, the Coast Guard said vessels with BWTS compliance dates before April 1, 2021 will have an extra 12 months to comply.In some instances, disruptions to supply chains and workforce…

24 Mar 2020

E-Navigation is the Future of Shipping

Tor Svanes, the founder and CEO of NAVTOR.

Trading worldwide without electronic tools is no longer an option, young navigators and crew are switched on to digital technology and they want to have this new technology at their fingertips rather than the messy, slow and labour and paper-intensive methods of the past.Tor Svanes, the founder and CEO of NAVTOR, believes that electronic chart and display information systems (ECDIS) is now a must have navigational tool in the modern era.ECDIS has become the modus operandi on all ships…

16 Mar 2020

Winter Work on the Great Lakes

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Along the 1,600-mile, ice gray arch of the St Lawrence Seaway, the 2020 Great Lakes commercial shipping season will lurch back to life on March 25 when the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. reopen.The ceremonial opening signals a passage with passable ice and the 114th Great Lakes season for its fleet of 45 venerable lakers. Most of these huge self-loading freight haulers are at least 50 years old, rust free, and fit; American steel sailing on a freshwater sea.To handle Great Lakes cargo…

12 Feb 2020

Damen Develops BWT Ex Deckhouse

Dutch shipbuilding and engineering conglomerate Damen Group said that it has developed standard Ballast Water Treatment Ex certified deckhouses that can withstand slamming of waves.The deckhouses can be placed on the open deck of a tanker vessel, it said in a press release.Since a container construction is not designed to withstand the forces of wave slamming on the open deck of a tanker vessel. Damen has developed a deckhouse with an eight millimeter wall thickness that is able to withstand wave slamming forces. Fully meeting the requirements of the classification societies.Each deckhouse is delivered as a pre-assembled solution, including the ballast water treatment system with all internal piping and wiring, for easy integration into the vessel.

06 Feb 2020

Damen Intros BWPF Barge

Dutch shipbuilding conglomerate Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled a Ballast Water Pre Filtration Barge (BWPF) to assist vessels in complying with the IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention.The new legislation came into force on September 8th 2019 and Damen Green Solutions has prepared a range of products and services to assist its clients in meeting the requirements of the new legislation.The globally operating company with more than 50 shipyards, repair yards, and related companies said in a press note that the BWPF Barge can process up to 4,000 m3 water per hour with a sediment level anything between 50 and 1,500 mg per liter.Filtration is available between 10 and 50 micron, to suit varying sediment sizes.

20 Sep 2019

Fincantieri: New Design for MSC Seashore

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A traditional maritime coin ceremony  took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, when the keel was laid for MSC Seashore. At the milestone event, MSC Cruises revealed details of the significantly transformed overall design and new features of the ship.MSC Seashore will be the Company’s longest ship – 339 meters – when she enters service in June 2021, the first of two enriched “Seaside Evo” Class ships with the latest available environmental technology, extended public spaces, more cabins and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any ship in the company’s fleet.

17 Sep 2019

DryShips Installs Scrubbers on 7 Vessels

Greek diversified owner and operator of ocean going cargo vessels DryShips announced that further to its plan to future proof its fleet, it has completed the dry-docking, installation of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) and scrubbers on 7 vessels.DryShips has incurred approximately $26.1 million of total costs and 300 off-hire days future Proofing of the its fleet."Within 2020, we expect to continue to execute our plan to upgrade additional vessels and we expect to incur approximately 843 off-hire days for a total estimated cost of $65.8 million," said a release from the company."In connection with the installation of scrubbers on our vessels we have entered into agreements…

26 Aug 2019

Shipyard Focus: "Green Refits" Drive N-KOM

FSRU Repair @ N-KOM. Photo: N-KOM

Since it was founded, Nakilat – Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (N-KOM) has completed almost 1,000 marine and offshore projects, with a significant number of drydocking and repairs undertaken for various types of vessels including LNGc, LPGc, VLCCs, oil/chemical tankers, cargo ships, dredgers, offshore support vessels, to name a few.The shipyard’s facilities include three VLCC sized docks (two graving docks and one floating dock), berthing capacity of 3,150 meters, specialized workshops and cryogenic cleanrooms…

25 Jul 2019

Kirby Announces 2019 Q2 Financials

File Image of a Kirby inland asset underway and working. CREDIT Kirby

Kirby Corporation (“Kirby”) (NYSE: KEX) has announced net earnings attributable to Kirby for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 of $47.3 million, or $0.79 per share, compared with earnings of $28.6 million, or $0.48 per share, for the 2018 second quarter. Excluding a one-time charge related to the retirement of Kirby’s Executive Chairman, 2018 second quarter net earnings attributable to Kirby were $46.8 million, or $0.78 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2019 second quarter were $771.0 million compared with $802.7 million reported for the 2018 second quarter.David Grzebinski…

28 May 2019

Alfa Laval Wins USCG type Approval for Largest BWTS

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) presented a type approval certificate for the largest PureBallast 3 reactor size: 1500 m3/h, on 15 May.Customers can now select any PureBallast 3 system configuration for use in United States waters, said a press release.Launched in late 2018, the 1500 m3/h reactor for PureBallast 3 is optimized for 50% more flow than the former largest reactor size. It thus enables a range of more streamlined and cost-efficient system configurations for vessels with large ballast water flows.With USCG type approval in hand as well as IMO revised G8 type approval, those configurations are now available for use worldwide and will remain so even after 28 October 2020.“Customers have shown great interest in the new possibilities of the 1500 m3/h reactor for PureBallast 3…

12 Jul 2019

SHI Bags $125mln Order for 2 Crude Carriers

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co (SHI) said  that it has clinched a deal worth 147 billion won (US$124 million) to build two crude carriers.According to a press note from the shipbuilder, as per the deal with an un-named Panamanian shipping firm, SHI will deliver the two Suezmax tankers by March 2021.Suezmax (S-Max, Suez Canal Maximum) refers to the largest ships that are capable of transiting the Suez Canal in a fully laden condition with a capacity of 130,000 to 150,000 dwt.The newly ordered tankers are designed to meet environmental regulations as eco-friendly ship with the Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) equipped in preparation for the IMO’s regulations.In addition…

08 Jul 2019

Turkish Shipowners BWT Group Chooses Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3  (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Turkish Shipowners Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) Group has signed a fleet agreement for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 systems, valued at approximately $22 million. Alfa Laval’s comprehensive offering in ballast water treatment, especially when it comes to service, was a key factor for the group.At the signing ceremony in Istanbul on July 4th, 2019, the around 50 members of the Turkish Shipowners BWT Group confirmed the decision to install PureBallast 3 systems on the group’s vessels.

28 Jun 2019

MOL Works on Environmental Agenda

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) formulated MOL Group Environmental Vision 2030 to present our cutting-edge initiatives for environmental preservation."Shpping companies are responsible for undertaking the marine transportation vital to the infrastructure underpinning people's daily lives worldwide," it said.MOL established a policy to equip its vessels with ballast water treatment systems in fiscal year 2014, ahead of the issuance of the Ballast Water Management Convention in September 2017.As of April 2019, 142 MOL Group-owned vessels are equipped with ballast water treatment systems. Ballast water treatment systems protect marine biodiversity by reducing the trans-boundary movement of microbes and bacteria contained in ballast water…

26 Jun 2019

USCG MSC issues BWMS Type Approval to Cathelco

The Marine Safety Center issued the 20th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Cathelco Ltd, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment principle of the Evolution BWMS consists of filtration with UV treatment during uptake and discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 55 m3/h and 1,500 m3/h.A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage. Redacted copies of all completed type approval certificates are also available.

29 May 2019

Safe Bulkers Ready for IMO Target with Scrubbers

Safe Bulkers, the provider of marine drybulk transportation services, said that it is on schedule in implementing its environmental investments installing scrubbers in approximately half of its  fleet during 2019 in anticipation of the effectiveness of the IMO sulphur cap regulations in 2020."We also remain committed to installing ballast water treatment systems in each of our vessels," said Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President.Safe Bulkers said that its managers are certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 related to environmental performance and energy efficiency, respectively."We have obtained environmental notation for 39 out of 41 of our vessels for the prevention of sea and air pollution…

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