BWC and Ecochlor agree strategic collaboration

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BWC and Ecochlor have agreed to a strategic collaboration which will increase the Ballast Water Management options available to the shipping industry. Ballast Water Containers CEO, Richard Lawson commented: “BWC have been impressed with Ecochlor’s unique BWT technology and we are delighted that we can now offer a mobile containerised version of the system. Our clients, whether ship owners, barge owners or port service companies will now benefit from having a mobile version of the Ecochlor® Ballast Water Treatment System. Ecochlor President, Tom Perlich stated: “We are pleased to be working with BWC and believe their methodology will be welcomed …

BWC complete containerisation project for the Wärtsilä Aquarius® Ballast Water Management System

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BWC have successfully delivered a containerised version of the Wärtsilä Aquarius® AQ-250-UV Ballast Water Management System. US Coast Guard type approval testing of the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS® UV Ballast Water Management System will now be carried out using this containerised version of the AQ-250-UV. BWC CEO Richard Lawson commented: “BWC is delighted to have completed this key project for Wärtsilä.” Craig Patrick , Sales Director Wartsila BWMS added, “The successful project execution represents further cooperation between our two companies developing a reliable containerised ballast solution.”’ For further information, please contact: Richard Lawson – Chief Executive Officer Ballast Water Containers Ltd Tel: …

MEPC 71 – Compromising on Ballast Water Convention Dates

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Headlines and column inches have been dominated this past week by curiously unsubstantiated claims that MEPC 71 is likely to approve proposals to delay implementation of the D-2 standard of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. Whilst these proposals may indeed be approved and adopted at MEPC 71 – passing outright claims of them being a “done deal” two months before the meeting, at a time when owners and operators need to be planning for compliance in accordance with the currently accepted timetable, is downright careless. Those owners who now put a hold on their compliance plans, through expectation that …

Ballast Water Management – Don’t Get Short (Sea Shipping)

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Short sea shipping, and the application of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, is, understandably, cause for serious concern. With an estimated 1.8 billion tonnes of goods shipped by short sea shipping in the EU alone, the trade is the backbone of the modern world. However, the challenges of compliance, coupled with current charter rates, may force many operators out of business or, at the very least, to scrap most of their aging vessels. Whilst many an analyst enjoys populating maritime news headlines with the benefits such scrapping would have on the newbuild market and charter rates, this means nothing …

Ballast Water Management – What Does Exchange Mean to You?

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The “IOPP Addiction” of the past 6 months has caused much of the shipping industry to focus its efforts on finding ways to push back, as far as possible, the critical IOPP renewal dates associated with D-2 compliance. The “de-harmonisation” approach is a case in point. However, what seems to have been largely overlooked by the industry is that from entry into force, 8th September 2017, owners/operators will immediately be required to comply with the legislation – and undertake, as a minimum, ballast water exchange (D-1). But exchange isn’t perfect, far from it, and for a number of owners we …

Ballast Water Management – Fail to Prepare – Prepare to Fail

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2017. The year of entry into force of the BWM Convention and, for many shipowners and operators, the year that the 5 year countdown to fleet wide compliance commences. Aside, of course, from those pursuing the de-harmonisation strategy. De-harmonisation is an interesting concept. On one hand, one can completely understand owners eagerness to engage this strategy. After all, with the continued uncertainty in the BWM industry, questions over the ability of existing BWMS to meet the revised G8 guidelines and, most crucially, the appalling charter rates across the shipping industry, kicking the decision to comply potentially 5 years down the …

Ballast Water Management – Sister Vessels – The True Cost of Retrofitting

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Just how crucial is similarity between sister vessel ballast systems? Just how big an impact do small changes have on a retrofit design? Many retrofit engineering companies insist on repeating surveys, 3D laser scans or, in some cases, the full retrofit design package, for each sister vessel. In most cases, this can be entirely avoided and is unnecessary expense on the owners account. Sister vessels can be enigmatic, particularly when the term itself is somewhat equivocal. What really constitutes a “sister vessel?” The Classification Society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) describes a sister vessel as: A vessel that as a …

Ballast water management – MEPC 70 – more questions than answers

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Autumn 2016 was always going to be dominated by world politics and the past few weeks have lived up to the bill. Building up to the big voting event, we observed a lot of rumour, big hitting news stories from both sides of the divide, and expert opinion on the key matters at the heart of the vote. We also witnessed politically powerful bodies join the debate, some just days before. The question on the general public’s lips was “which side would triumph?” Oddly enough we are not talking about the US presidential election; rather, we are talking about the …

Ballast Water Management – the endless pursuit of perfection

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A few years ago, attending one of the first IMarEST Ballast Water conference events in London, I was inspired by an important statement from one of the presenters, who, at the time, was advocating the adoption of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention as it stood: “The pursuit of perfection should not prevent adoption of today’s solution” A valuable piece of advice that I have implemented in various aspects of my personal and business life. From further observation of this gentleman’s presentation, it was clear that his key point, however, was that continually debating the suitability of the BWM Convention, …

The Retrofit Bandwagon

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Numerous companies are now claiming to offer ballast water management (BWM) retrofit engineering assistance – but how many of them are truly capable of doing so? Are owners being offered truly impartial compliance advice? September 2016 was a busy month in the world of ballast water management (BWM). The long awaited BWM Convention was finally ratified, and the fabled United States Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval applications were finally submitted by a number of BWM manufacturers. At long last, the proverbial line in the sand has finally been drawn. However, September was a busy month for another reason – the …