BWMS: What does it mean for onboard operations?
As of September 8, 2016 the Ballast Water Convention officially was ratified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), crossing the necessary threshold of 35% of world tonnage signed on courtesy of the ratification by Finland. Subsequently, at press time, the United States Coast Guard was moving rapidly to confirm type approval of BWMS systems, to date confirming the approval of three systems from Alfa Laval, Oceansaver and Optimarin. In this edition we delve into the Ballast Water Convention, United States Coast Guard Regulations, and what this all means as far as onboard operations.
OceanSaver Reports Surge in BWT Orders
OceanSaver said it has received a rush of ballast water treatment (BWT) system orders for large vessels. The Norwegian firm, a BWT specialist developing solutions since 2003, has won orders for more than 40 systems in the last six months, with some 21 units delivered so far this year. The latest contracts, worth approximately $30 million, cover a diverse range of large tonnage, from a number of key international markets, with VLCCs, Aframax tankers, product tankers and Cape Size bulk carriers.
OceanSaver Completes USCG Testing
OceanSaver informs it has finalized all testing required for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application of ballast water management systems. OceanSaver concluded testing along the Pacific coast of North America in close cooperation with ship owner CSL, and all tests have met the USCG’s requirements. “We successfully completed shipboard tests as scheduled on May 5. Component testing was finalized shortly afterwards – and all tests have been confirmed to meet all USCG requirements,” said Helle Hundseid, CEO at OceanSaver. “We expect to finalize the formal application within beginning of June, thus being among the very first BWTS vendors to submit an official application to the U.S.
OceanSaver: BWT Industry first to Korea
Oceansaver achieved a milestone for the ballast water treatment industry with the commissioning of the first treatment system to include filters on a crude oil tanker in Korea. The 159.000 DWT Suezmax tanker, Ottoman Integrity, is being delivered from a Korean shipyard for Turkish owner Gungen Maritime & Trading, and the installed OceanSaver system is capable of treating ballast water at a rate of 2 x 2.500m3/h. OceanSaver’s Mark I technology has been installed, which includes filtration, cavitation, disinfection and nitrogen super saturation. The filter and cavitation units are installed in the vessel’s pump room with the disinfection unit and nitrogen system in the engine room and casing area, respectively.
OceanSaver BWT Technology Receives Type Approval
OceanSaver today announced DNV Type Approval certification of its revolutionary next generation ballast water management technology, Mark II. “We have successfully passed all DNV Type Approval requirements guaranteeing that our newest BWT technology, Mark II fully meets the requirements of the International Ballast Water Convention and the Norwegian Administration,” said Houtan Houshangi, CEO of OceanSaver. OceanSaver’s Mark II ballast water treatment system is a tailored version of the already type approved Mark I model, but with the most ‘energy demanding’ features of the Mark I removed. The Mark II model introduces better performing filtration technology and reduces piping installations considerably, which saves both time and money during installation.
Goltens to Retrofit BWT Systems on BP Gas Carriers
Goltens said it has been awarded a contract for the engineering and retrofit installation of OceanSaver ballast water treatment (BWT) systems on board two of BP Shipping’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The vessels to be retrofitted are the two 138,000 cbm LNG vessels British Innovator and British Merchant. Goltens will undertake the engineering and prefabrication work in 2017 and then complete the installation services in 2018. “We look forward to working closely with BP and applying our well-proven process to the retrofit of these two gas carriers in the most efficient manner…
OceanSaver BWT Chosen for VLCC Newbuildings
Chinese Shipyard orders next generation ballast water treatment system by OceanSaver. Rongsheng Shipbuilding Heavy Industries, a large heavy industries shipbuilding group in China, has chosen Mark II, OceanSaver’s next generation ballast water treatment system, for two 317.000 dwt VLCC newbuildings. The contract comes just weeks after DNV type approval, certifying Mark II to fully meet the requirements of the International Ballast Water Convention, and previous system orders placed by Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry (China) and SPP Shipyard (Korea) for two suezmax and four bulk vessels.
OceanSaver BWT Earns USCG and ISO Approval
OceanSaver has achieved a certification double, with the news that its Mark II Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system has achieved U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approval, while the company itself has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. Based in Drammen, Norway, OceanSaver provides efficient and reliable BWT systems for medium and large vessels, such as VLCCs, LNG Carriers and a variety of tankers and bulk carriers, amongst others. The USCG’s Alternate Management System (AMS) approval means that vessels fitted with OceanSaver systems - combining effective and reliable filtration with high-performance electrodialytic disinfectant treatment – are free to discharge ballast water in U.S. ports. Newbuilds constructed after December 2013 must have USCG compliant systems to perform this task.
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, were included in ballast water treatment systems sold by OceanSaver AS to shipyards in South Korea and China. Following installation, the filtration machines did not function properly, and OceanSaver AS claimed that this owed to defects in the filters, and that BOLLFILTER Nordic ApS had acted with gross negligence.
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,” brought on by continued low shipbuilding activity as well as IMO’s MEPC 71 July decision to push back deadlines for ship owners to retrofit ballast water treatment systems. Also in July, the company lost a four-year arbitration against filter maker Bollfilter, which forced the company to pay all arbitration costs and both parties’ legal fees.
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. Coast Guard and to obtain a USCG type approval in December 2016. However, “insufficient liquidity” led OceanSaver to file for bankruptcy after facing “significant downward pressure on equipment prices…
Oceansaver Enters the Japanese Market
OceanSaver has entered the Japanese market with a major ballast water treatment contract for four open hatch bulk carriers being built by Japan’s Oshima Shipbuilding Ltd for Gearbulk. The 72,000dwt Open Hatch Bulk Carriers are being built to DNV class and each vessel will be fitted with a 1,200m3/h type approved Mark II OceanSaver system. The first two systems will be commissioned in 2012 and will incorporate OceanSaver’s second generation design, engineered for reliability, low maintenance requirements and low power consumption.
OceanSaver Announces Highest Sales Figures to Date
The Norwegian firm OceanSaver, a provider of ballast water treatment (BWT) systems for medium and large vessels, has just marked its 10th birthday with the news that 2013 will be its best ever year for sales. CEO Houtan Houshangi has revealed that the company has secured over 50 orders for its modular Mark II system in 2013, spanning a diverse array of shipping segments. This pushes the number of systems on OceanSaver’s order book above the 100 threshold, with 30 units already installed. OceanSaver’s system, which was recently awarded U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) AMS approval, has found favor with owners and operators in key segments such as gas carriers, bulk vessels and VLCCs, to name a few. Recent contracts include system orders for LNG and LPG carriers.
Greek VLCC Ballast Water Treatment Contract Goes to OceanSaver
Greek oil tanker operator, Almi Tankers S.A. has chosen OceanSaver Ballast Water Treatment solutions for its VLCCs currently under construction at Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. The 320,000 dwt vessels will join Almi’s fleet in July 2013 and November 2014 and are designed to exceed high environmental standards, reflecting client demand for clean & green operation. Almi Tankers currently manages two Aframax LR2 vessels and three newly-built Suezmax Crude Oil Carriers and is expecting the delivery of seven more Suezmaxes and two VLCCs by November 2014. Almi confirms the decision to choose OceanSaver follows a thorough evaluation of the company’s Mark I and Mark II BWT technology and competing suppliers.
Ocean Saver Wins Greek BWT Orders
The two 320,000 dwt vessels will join Almi’s fleet in July 2013 and November 2014 and are designed to meet highest environmental standards. Almi Tankers currently manages two Aframax LR2 vessels and three newly-built Suezmax crude oil carriers and is expecting the delivery of seven more Suezmaxes and two VLCCs by November 2014. The Greek company says it chose OceanSaver after a thorough evaluation of the company’s Mark I and Mark II BWT technology and competing suppliers. “OceanSaver BWT systems are backed by DNV’s Type Approval Program... (which) guarantees detailed evaluation of every aspect of vessel safety,” a spokesman said. The Almi VLCCs are being built to ABS class and will be fitted with a 2 x 3000m3/h type approved Mark II OceanSaver system.
Moss Hydro Engineers Create Revolutionary Filters
Newly-formed Moss Hydro has been established to address a ballast water challenge that is threatening the entire shipping industry – reliable filtration. Stein Foss, the former CEO and co-founder of ballast water treatment (BWT) business OceanSaver, has set up the independent company with three partners, and an array of engineering, marketing and manufacturing experts. Together they are creating revolutionary filters designed specifically for ballast water treatment. “Our filters are unique,” comments Moss Hydro CEO Foss.
OceanSaver BWT for 2 European-owned VLCCs
Ballast water treatment (BWT) supplier OceanSaver said it has been contracted to deliver BWTsystems for two VLCCs to a European owner, currently being constructed by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea. The contract’s value is undisclosed. OceanSaver’s Mark II ballast water treatment system delivers filtration in combination with disinfection through patented electrodialysis, flexible system installation, as well as complete compliance with key regulations, standards and certificates, the manufacturer said. OceanSaver delivers type approved, IMO compliant and U.S. OceanSaver will deliver its Mark II BWT system by Q3 2016.
OceanSaver Wins BWT Contract
OceanSaver’s ballast water treatment (BWT) system has been chosen for two 162,000cbm LNG carriers being built by BW Gas. OceanSaver was selected due to its competitive pricing, low operating costs, and compatible technical system. BW Gas is one of the largest independent owners and operators of LNG carriers and the largest owner and operator of LPG carriers. These sophisticated and highly regulated vessels require competent crews and high quality operations. They also require consistent standards of maintenance which BW Gas maintains regardless of short-term changes in the freight market. With these standards in mind, BW Gas conducted a thorough evaluation of the OceanSaver ballast water system (BWT) before confirmation.
OceanSaver Targets Japanese Growth with Kashiwa
OceanSaver has selected Kashiwa as its new sales agent in Japan. Kashiwa, which has specialized in manufacturing and supplying marine hazard prevention equipment since 1947, will now aim to build awareness of the OceanSaver brand and technology in the country’s newbuild and retrofit segments. Based in Drammen, Norway, OceanSaver is a dedicated BWT specialist, providing systems worldwide for vessels such as bulk carriers, crude oil tankers and LNG carriers, to name a few. The firm has over a decade of proven success with its simple…
US Oil Major Chooses OceanSaver BWT Systems
OceanSaver ballast water treatment (BWT) systems for two Suezmax lightering tankers to be delivered by a major Korean shipyard in mid-2014 for Chevron Shipping Company. “Competitive pricing, low operating costs, and a compatible technical system were key contract parameters; total cost of ownership (TCO) savings were a decisive factor in winning the contract,” said Tor Atle Eiken, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, OceanSaver. “TCO was center stage. OceanSaver’s BWT system is a comprehensive cost model for the industry and when completing hundreds of lightering operations each year, TCO is a significant factor. We believe that OceanSaver balances purchase price and long term costs in a very efficient manner,” Eiken said.
OceanSaver to Open South Korea Office
Ballast water treatment (BWT) system specialist OceanSaver has taken the strategic decision to establish a base in the world’s number one shipbuilding centre, South Korea. The Norwegian company has expanded rapidly since opening its doors in Drammen, near Oslo, in 2003, forging a strong reputation for its reliable, robust and technically advanced systems in the dynamic BWT market. Asia has recently emerged as a key growth driver for the company, with the team opening its first office on the continent in Shanghai, China, in 2011.
DNV GL On Regulatory Developments and Tanker Market
DNV GL’s Tanker Working Group looked at the latest trends in the tanker segment with a special focus on the impact of upcoming emissions regulations at its 31st meeting in Hamburg recently. Some 25 representatives from the tanker industry met with DNV GL experts in the classification society’s maritime headquarters to hear presentations and participate in informal discussions. “The Tanker Working Group is a great place for industry representatives and DNV GL to share ideas and the latest news on regulatory developments…
OceanSaver BWTS Earns USCG Approval
OceanSaver said it has received the final type approval certificate from U.S. Coast Guard as the first ballast water treatment system (BWTS) supplier utilizing electrochlorination. This means that a USCG type approved system is now available for medium and large vessels like LR1s, VLCCs and large gas carriers. U.S. regulations require all vessels trading in U.S. waters to treat ballast water with USCG type approved ballast water treatment system before discharge. OceanSaver, partly owned by the energy shipping company BW Group…