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2015 GREEN4SEA Forum – Leif Eric Caspersen Leif Eric Caspersen, ERMA First, analysed the ten myths about the Ballast Water Treatment during the 2015 GREEN4SEA Forum. The 2015 GREEN4SEA Forum, a PRO BONO event, successfully concluded on Wednesday 22nd of April 2015 in Eugenides Foundation Athens attracting 950 delegates from 25 countries representing a total of 450 organizations. The event organized by SQE4SEA and sponsored by Bureau Veritas, ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering, Lloyd’s Register, Schneider Electric and SKAI in the media for the event coverage. Other sponsors include: ABS, American P&I Club, Chart Industries, DNV GL Maritime, Dorian LPG, Drew Marine, Du Pont/BELCO, ECOSPRAY Technologies, Kyklades Maritime Corporation, Nakashima Propellers, NAPA, Poseidon Med, SKF Marine, SQEACADEMY, SQEMARINE, Transmar Shipping, Trojan Marinex, UK P&I Club, VAF Instruments, Wartsila and Yara Marine Technology. The event supported by Chios Marine Club, ECOMASYN, ECSA, EENMA, EΛΙΝΤ, Green Award Foundation, HEMEXPO, INTERTANKO, MARTECMA, NAMEPA, QACE, WIMA and WISTA.In the starting, I was explicit with you propecia before and after has changed my life. It has become much more fun, and now I have to run. Just as it is improbable to sit.

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New VLCC tanker designs with less ballast offer more savings

  Dalian Shipbuilding Industry China (DSIC), Dalian Ocean Shipping Co. and Lloyd’s Register, having completed a joint industry project to develop a minimum ballast ship VLCC, have continued to develop further detailed designs to provide a series of reduced ballast Suezmax and Aframax tanker designs. Nick Brown, LR's Marine COO with Mr. Yu Fengping, president of DSIC The ‘Clear Advantage’ reduced ballast designs provide substantial performance improvements over conventional tanker designs. The benefits are: reductions in energy consumption during ballast passages; a reduction in ballast water treatment capacity – and the associated time, energy and cost penalties incurred in treating ballast water; and a reduction in the harmful effects of mud or silt. Mud and silt are significant operational realities in China where oil import terminals are located on major rivers. Intake of river water ballast during cargo discharge can result in substantial volumes of mud or silt accumulating after operations leading to as much as 1,000 tonnes becoming ‘stuck’ in a VLCC’s ballast water tanks. The combined impact of the loss of cargo capacity, the economic drain of transporting the mud during laden passages and the eventual cost of removing the muddy slurry as well ...

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Damen Shiprepair installs BWTS to Cable Innovator

  Global Marine Systems Limited’s vessel Cable Innovator has recently left Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) after extensive work including the installation of a ballast water treatment system and a 5-year survey. Global Marine Systems has been active on the cable-laying market since the industry’s earliest days and offers its clients 160 years of experience in the sector. Global Marine has worked with Damen previously when its vessel, Wave Sentinel, went through a scope of work at the company’s Brest yard. This time around, Global Marine initially considered sending the Cable Innovator to Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam, however, as this yard was filled to capacity, Dunkirk proved a more convenient option. Damen Area Manager Edwin Ruppert says this is the benefit of having 15 yards, 11 of which are located on the European coastline. “With yards covering the entire European coast, from the English Channel to the Baltic, we are always able to accommodate our clients." Cable Innovator is a multi-role vessel able to serve both energy and telecommunications sectors as well as facilitate scientific research. “The vessel is unique,” said Mr Ruppert. “She is one of the largest cable layers in the world and has a ...

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Fednav to equip BWTS in twelve newbuilds

  Fednav Limited, announced an order for 12 ballast water treatment systems to equip its ships currently under construction. This makes Fednav the first shipping company in Canada and the Great Lakes to announce the installation of ballast water treatment systems, well before the regulatory requirement. "Our company is committed to stimulating trade and enhancing Canada’s economy while protecting the Great Lakes against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species,” said Paul Pathy, President and Co-CEO of Fednav Limited. “After extensive analysis and testing, we are confident that the technology we are choosing is an affordable and effective means to ensure that Canada meets its ballast water requirements. We are proud to be leading the way, along with government and industry partners, in establishing a level playing field for the Canadian, US, and international fleets to operate together in the Great Lakes region.” Developed by JFE Engineering Corporation, Japan, the BallastAce system will be installed on Fednav’s new lakers and will be effective in both fresh and salt water. BallastAce operates through a sophisticated filter and sodium hypochlorite injection mechanism in the ship's ballast system. Fednav chose this solution after years of testing. From the Federal Yukon (copper ions) ...

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Ecochlor presents BWTS project case study at CMA 2015

  Ballast water treatment technology developer Ecochlor Inc. presented a project case study at CMA Shipping 2015 in Stamford. The case study covered the retrofit of Ecochlor’s ballast water treatment system (BWTS) aboard the 2007-built ro/ro car carrier vessel M/V Green Bay following an order from International Shipholding Corporation (ISH) in 2013. ISH ordered Ecochlor systems for seven of its ships, including vehicle carriers and bulk carriers, to be installed between 2014 and 2016. Installation and commissioning aboard U.S.-flagged M/V Green Bay, the first ISH vessel to receive the BWTS (a 500 m3/hr system), was completed in 2014 by a ride on crew while the vessel remained in operation. Ecochlor’s scalable systems are unique in that they are the only BWTS to use chlorine dioxide (CIO2) to treat ballast water, as Ecochlor is the sole patent holder for this technology. Chlorine dioxide, not to be confused with chlorine, has been used for more than 60 years across a wide range of applications, including the treatment of drinking water, vegetables, etc. It is especially useful for ballast water treatment in that it is immediately effective on all organisms and bio-film, it does not form byproducts, and is not affected by organics, ...

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GEA Westfalia books first UV BWTS order for cruise ship

  In January 2015, the business unit Mechanical Separation of GEA was awarded the first contract for equipping cruise liners with the UV ballast water treatment system BallastMaster marineX, powered by Trojan Marinex. The contract with a European shipyard comprises equipping two new vessels with one BallastMaster marineX each as well as an option for equipping a third cruise liner. The IMO-certified system with a throughput capacity of 500 m3/h features two-phase operation with mechanical pre-filtration and subsequent disinfection of the ballast water by UV treatment without using and generating chemicals. The scope of delivery also includes ten separators for fuel and lube oil treatment of the type OSE with CFR (Certified Flow Rate) and two ViscoBooster units for optimum fuel conditioning. With the cruise shipping business, GEA developed a new area of operation for UV ballast water treatment systems in September 2014 at the SMM, only three months after the launch of the innovative BallastMaster marine system, powered by Trojan Marinex. “The cruise industry has been booming without interruption for many years with the result of full order books at the shipyards. More than 30 new maritime cruise liners are expected to undock by the end of 2018. This ...

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ERMA FIRST presents first BWTS for operation in fresh water

The first ballast water treatment system (BWTS) for operation in fresh water has been presented on the 19th February 2015 in a special eventorganized by ERMA FIRST at the HUB EVENTS cultural center. More than 250 guests from the shipping world has the privilege to learn about the latest USCG legislation in ballast water treatment by Mr. John Stewart (President of International Maritime Technology Consultants Inc and standing member of the USCG in International Maritime Organization) and Mr. Gary Croot (Former commander of USCG and current President of IMESA Inc). During their presentation the two men also pointed out the technological demands that the systems should obtain in order to comply with USCG legislation. Fresh water treatment is one of the main requisitions in order to obtain the USCG certification. Dr Marcel Veldhuis (Director of Marine Eco Analytics-MEA) took the stand to explain the difficulty in treating fresh water. Due to its low salinity index and high load of organic material treating fresh water can be really challenging. Dr Veldhuis analyzed the test results coming from ERMA FIRST BWTS FIT. The system has successfully passed the conformity tests for fresh water treatment at the Institute ΜΕΑ- Marine Eco Analytics in ...

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Ballast Water Treatment Conundrum

The shipping industry has supported efforts to address aquatic invasive species, but before it spends as much as $60 billion installing new ballast water treatment technology, a legal regime that offers greater clarity, predictability, and investment certainty is required, argues the World Shipping Council. Estimates used at the IMO have projected that that there are roughly 62,000 vessels that will need to install treatment technology under the IMO Convention once it enters into force. If one assumes that the technology may cost $1 million to $2 million per ship, a capital investment of well over $60 billion will be required. There are two principal legal regimes governing this issue. One is the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, which will enter into force one year after ratifications by 30 or more member states that surpass 35% of the world’s merchant tonnage. Currently, the number of ratifications stands at 44 countries, representing 32.9% of the world’s tonnage. In short, it will not take much in the way of additional ratifications for the Convention to enter into force. The second is US law, which has important similarities and important differences from the IMO Convention. The US regime has adopted the IMO Convention’s ballast ...

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USCG grants AMS acceptance for Danish BWM system

Commercial vessels equipped with the ballast water treatment, developed by the Danish company Bawat A/S, have been approved to discharge treated ballast water in U.S. coastal waters. The U.S. Coast Guard has granted a so-called Alternate Management System acceptance for the Bawat ballast water management system for an interim period of up to five years. “We are very excited about the acceptance letter from Washington, D.C. This will allow for us to broaden the scope as we roll out our very innovative and competitive ballast water management system in the international marketplace,” says Kim Diederichsen, CEO of Bawat A/S. Kim Diederichsen expects to obtain a full type approval by the U.S. Coast Guard regarding U.S. waters well ahead of the expiration of the interim period. Previously, the Bawat system fulfilled ballast water management system requirements set by the International Maritime Organization, having completed all relevant tests as verified by the classification society DNV-GL and certified by the Danish Maritime Authority and the Danish Nature Agency. Bawat’s pioneering technology is made available while the commercial fleet all over the world is faced with a mandatory implementation of ballast water treatment. The International Maritime Organization convention is expected to enter into force ...

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New generation BWTS launched

Servowatch Systems’ cooperation with UK-based Cathelco has resulted in a technically advanced new generation ballast water treatment system (BWTS). UK-based Servowatch, the global leader in automated ship control systems, has been working closely with Cathelco to develop a fully integrated alarm, monitoring, and process control system for its combination filtration and UV BWTS, a key component of the IMO approval process and U.S Coast Guard AMS acceptance. Cathelco’s Projects and Development Manager, Steve Ellis said: “We wanted to develop a ballast water treatment system that could remain effective in the most challenging water conditions and in order to do that we needed an advanced monitoring and control solution capable of automatically adjusting to different water qualities. Servowatch fully understood what we wanted to achieve and provided a solution that has allowed us to introduce one of the most advanced ballast water treatment systems currently in the market place.”   Wayne Ross, Servowatch Systems’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “By fully integrating Cathelco’s ballast water management system with a ship’s computer system, a single operator can control all of the functions from one location, saving considerable time and effort in complicated ballasting operations. But this is only one aspect of the technology; it ...

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