BEMA to Launch in Spring 2018

Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA) expects to finalise its bylaws, which were issued this week, and appoint its board of directors and officers when it holds its second meeting, sometime before 8 March.

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Ecochlor Signs Agent Agreement with Pontus Nordic Oy for Scandinavia and Northern European Region

Mauri Monnonen, CEO, Pontus Nordic Oy

Ecochlor Inc., a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS), has signed an agent agreement with Pontus Nordic Oy in Turku, Finland. Mauri Monnonen, CEO of the company will provide the Ecochlor team with local representation to help expand existing client relationships in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, as well as provide sales support, facilitate meetings, training and initiate a wide-variety of networking opportunities. “This area has a strong marine industry,” said Tom Perlich, Founder and President of Ecochlor, “and we are pleased to have Pontus Nordic on board to help assist our sales efforts. Mr. Monnonen has an extensive background in the maritime industry and has played an integral role in providing solutions to a large network of vessel owners and shipyards on behalf of international manufacturers and technical system suppliers.” Mauri Monnonen added, “Pontus Nordic has a long history of successfully representing various equipment manufacturers and technical organizations in their efforts with both vessel owners and shipyards.  Given the superior technology of Ecochlor’s ballast water management system, we anticipate continued success and look forward to assisting Ecochlor with their sales efforts.”

USCG Maritime Commons Series on Ballast Water 

On 27 November 2017, Rear Admiral John Nadeau began a new five-part series to provide information and updates regarding the USCG’s ballast water program.  The series is posted on the Coast Guard Maritime Commons blog, and presents various aspects relating to the USCG’s shift in focus from implementation of the ballast water regulations to compliance and enforcement.
  • Series 1 provides program background and an informative USCG perspective on ballast water management.
  • Series 2 clearly discusses the USCG’s focus on compliance and enforcement of ballast water regulations.
  • Series 3 presents interesting statistics on treated ballast water discharges in the US, as well as information on the various treatment system aspects that the USCG evaluates during the type approval process.
  • Series 4 provides valuable insight on what shipowners should expect when operating and installing a ballast water treatment system.
  • Series 5 discusses the importance of contingency planning in the event a ballast water treatment system is unexpectedly inoperable, and the steps owners/operators should take in such an event to ensure compliance.  This final post also reiterates the USCG’s expectations that owners follow the regulations and the USCG focus on enforcement of ballast water regulations. 

Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference Announces Ecochlor To Speak

Mike Hasson photographTanker Shipping & Trade has chosen Ecochlor’s Technical Director, Mike Hasson to speak on, Case Study: What Every Tanker Operator Should Know Ahead of a BWMS Retrofit at their upcoming conference November 14-15, 2017 in London, UK. Mr. Hasson has managed 19 tanker ballast water treatment retrofit installations over the past 18 months and will brings a wealth of information of this process to the maritime shipping community.

The two-day conference will bring professionals from the entire tanker shipping and trade industry to discuss the business, operational and technical issues impacting the crude, product and chemical tanker trades.

Any tanker owners or operators interested in attending this conference, a 25% discount is offered exclusively to contacts and customers of Ecochlor, if interested please contact for further information.

Ecochlor Receives DNV GL Type Approval on behalf of Norway

DNV GL LogoEcochlor and DNV GL announced today DNV GL Type Approval on behalf of Norway of the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). In addition to serving as Ecochlor’s Independent Laboratory for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval, DNV GL simultaneously evaluated and approved the Ecochlor System under DNV GL rules and the BWM Convention.

Martin Olofsson, DNV GL Business Development Manager for BWMS type approval testing said, “DNV GL is very pleased to have worked with Ecochlor for both the USCG and the DNV GL Type Approval. It has been a challenging, although rewarding, process, as Ecochlor was the first system using a chemical injection treatment technology to be evaluated. Also, many of the issues were a new experience for the USCG. Due to Ecochlor’s dedicated, and highly technically competent staff, the challenges we faced were handled in a most professional manner.”

“DNV GL has been very thorough in overseeing testing of the Ecochlor System.” said Tom Perlich, President of Ecochlor. “Throughout this process we have been honoured to work with the staff at DNV GL and feel that these recent collaborative efforts for the two type approvals will greatly benefit shipowners installing BWTS on the vessels that are represented by DNV GL as their class society.”

“Through the DNV GL Type Approval project, we have used this opportunity to fine-tune our rules concerning the safe installation of the Ecochlor BWTS on ships. The DNV GL sub-laboratory Golden Bear Facility in San Francisco has done both the land-based and shipboard testing and the results have confirmed the biological efficacy of this system. DNV GL used these same test results and documentation to submit and issue a BWTS type approval certificate on behalf of Norway. We congratulate Ecochlor for achieving these great milestones of being the first chemical treatment USCG Type Approved system and for their IMO/Norway Type Approval,” commented Ingrid Sigvaldsen, DNV GL Project Manager.

With its USCG Type Approval certificate, Ecochlor stands alone as the first approved treatment system produced by a US manufacturer; the only approved chemical injection treatment technology; the only system suitable for installation on US flagged tankers with high flow rates; the only approved BWTS that does not require re-treatment or neutralization on discharge; and, a treatment system with almost twice the flow capacity of any other approved USCG Type Approved technology.

Ecochlor CEO OP/ED on “Avoiding BWMS Compliance Risks”

Reprinted from MarineLink.

Ballast water treatment at dischargeLately, I have been reading reports regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) escalating enforcement of ballast water discharge violations. In the first case, the USCG initiated a civil penalty proceeding against a bulk carrier for discharging ballast water in Washington State without using a USCG Type Approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) or other approved means. The USCG proposed the maximum penalty of $38,175. In a more recent case, the USCG issued a $5,000 fine for a similar unauthorized ballast water discharge in Oregon. In both situations, the violations were discovered during routine port state control (PSC) BWM examinations. 

Beyond the obvious fines or delays in vessel schedules, there are imminent risks to the shipowner associated with the USCG’s current focus on BWMS violations. First, there are many BWMS currently onboard vessels that either do not work at all or are so temperamental that the ship’s crew has not been able to operate them properly. ABS recently issued a report indicating as many as 45 percent of installed BWMS are not operating as intended. Factors such as ballast water salinity, temperature and turbidity can adversely impact the performance of some systems, particularly if the crew is not experienced enough to make the necessary operational adjustments for the system to meet the regulatory requirements.

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