Minerva Marine Selects Ecochlor BWTS for up to 30 Vessels

Ecochlor, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Minerva Marine, Inc. (Minerva) for the potential supply of BWT Systems for up to 30 vessels under its management for installations in accordance to the IMO and USCG implementation plan. The Ecochlor technology was selected for retrofit in Minerva’s managed bulkers and tankers varying in size from MRs to VLCCs.

Minerva continually strives to meet and exceed all environmental standards with the IMO and US Coast Guard. Their commitment to “operate in a professional manner that promotes safe, healthy and environmentally friendly practices”1 sets a standard to management companies globally.

Minerva Representatives, Stavros Daniolos, Technical manager and Vayia Hatziyianni, Project team leader, commented: “Our company is committed to compliance with both USCG and IMO ballast water treatment regulations and we anticipate Ecochlor will receive USCG Type Approval.”

“Minerva has a due diligence plan in place for BWT installation and compliance. As innovators in the treatment of ballast water they were able to secure pricing and availability before the industry rush. The Ecochlor BWTS, known for its efficacy in all water types, low power and flexible installations, were key conditions in their decision,” said Tom Perlich, Founder and President of Ecochlor.

About Minerva Marine
Minerva Marine Inc., a private and independent company, was established since 1996. Minerva quickly grew from a tanker manager of six vessels to the committed Aframax operational leader that it is today. Minerva has further expanded its operations to include, from MRs to VLCCs (Chemical Product and crude oil carriers) in the tanker segment, and Capesize in the bulker segment. Today, Minerva has established business with all major oil companies, while it has grown into a valued ice partner for most of the Baltic charterers. The company continues to engage in new business partnerships, having the customers’ ever-changing needs always at the forefront. Go to http://www.minervamarine.com for more information.

Ecochlor Submits USCG Type Approval Application

Ecochlor is pleased to announce it has filed an application with the USCG for Type Approval for their Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). Due to a far more stringent set of guidelines, type approval has only been granted to three other BWT Systems worldwide, none of which offer Ecochlor’s unique, patented ClO2 technology. Upon USCG approval, the Ecochlor® BWTS will extend the range of options for shipowners beyond UV and electrochlorination technologies.

Unlike other water treatment technologies, the Ecochlor system is not impaired by variations in water salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics or vibration and does not need neutralization at ballast water discharge. The price and size of a chlorine dioxide generator does not vary greatly based on flow rate. As a result, chlorine dioxide generators are much more economically viable over other systems in the treatment of large volumes of water. Additional advantages are that the Ecochlor system has one of the lowest power consumption technologies, if not the lowest, on the market today.

Tom Perlich, Ecochlor president and founder, commented, “The Ecochlor chemistry works just as effectively now as it did more than 12 years ago with our first installation. The only change was that we reduced the chemical dosage for USCG TA. These fully independent test results clearly indicate that the Ecochlor system will meet and, in most cases, exceed USCG discharge criteria.”

“Based on our extensive knowledge in regulatory compliance and relevant installation project experience for complex tanker retrofits,” adds Perlich, “we are receiving orders from major shipowners who are interested in having their vessels satisfy the highest environmental standards.”

Since the first Ecochlor system was sold in 2004, it has undergone extensive testing for approvals, and has received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval in 2011, as well as numerous classification society approvals including Lloyd’s Register, American Bureau of Shipping, Class NK, Bureau Veritas, and RMRS.  DNV GL was selected as Ecochlor’s Independent Laboratory (IL), in order to secure DNV GL classification society approval simultaneously with USCG Type Approval.

Ramping up for BWM Installation

Deckhouse onboard the NS Commander (SCF Novoship)Tom Perlich, president and founder of Ecochlor explains, “Shipowners should be aware of the complexity of a retrofit beyond choosing a treatment system,” he explains. “They need to allow time not only for shipyards for the installation, but also for engineering services with firms that are experienced in BWT installations, as well as for design review and compliance with classification and flag Societies.”

Check out the full article from Motorship News: http://www.motorship.com/news101/industry-news/ramping-up-for-bwm-installation#sthash.n9Ldz0xB.dpuf

After the sale: OPEX of an Ecochlor BWTS

The sale and installation of an Ecochlor ballast water treatment system (BWTS) begins a relationship that will last for the life of the vessel. Ecochlor will maintain continuous interaction with the vessel in order to coordinate the re-supply of chemicals that will be schedule approximately every six months. Shipowners have stated that this frequent review by our technicians provides them with “regulatory piece of mind.”

Ecochlor’s experienced technicians are directly involved in the early operation of the system and training the crew on the treatment system. The Ecochlor system requires very little periodic maintenance. Maintenance activities are scheduled on a frequency ranging from 18 to 60 months and involve routine inspection activities.

Through our Technical Service Agreement, an authorized Ecochlor representative, will resupply the chemicals. Consequently, there is no crew involvement or any need to evacuate the vessel. The entire process is closed, using specially selected equipment and trained personnel with no direct human contact to chemicals.

Read the complete article by Tom Perlich, President of Ecochlor.

Ecochlor Appoints Chip Herzog as new CFO

chip-herzog-websiteEcochlor, Inc., a global provider in maritime ballast water treatment, announced that Chip Herzog has joined the company’s leadership team as Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Herzog, a seasoned financial executive, brings with him 30 years of business experience in financial and operations management, and accounting.  As a financial professional, he has focused on partnering with operating executives, utilizing core financial and operational data to generate insight and guide decision-making.

Prior to joining Ecochlor, Herzog worked at Otis Elevator Company, Boston Scientific, Pratt & Whitney and Spirit AeroSystems. His roles included A/R and A/P functions, V.P. of Financial Planning and Analysis, and Senior Finance Executive of a $1.5B multi-business global division. He also owned DMC Financial Solutions, an accounting and technology services firm. Herzog holds an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

“We welcome Chip to our team and look forward to his contributions in the financial management of Ecochlor’s worldwide growth in the maritime industry. He brings significant expertise to our finance and accounting team from his experience at several growing companies where he was instrumental in providing the finance vision, strategy and leadership. His impressive background makes him a great fit for his new role at Ecochlor,” stated Charlie Miller, CEO.

“I’m excited to join an executive team at Ecochlor,” stated Herzog. “I am particularly impressed by the team’s dedication to solid strategic growth, and its commitment to protecting the oceans ecosystems.”

Tanker’s ice-class sets challenges for BWMS installation

ec0140_comm_397For tankers operating in cold regions, the complexities of installing a ballast water management system (BWMS) are magnified by the need for it to operate in freezing cold and to satisfy IMO’s Polar Code.

Delegates to Tanker Shipping & Trade’s annual conference iheard how these complexities were tackled in the installation of an Ecochlor system on the 46,941 dwt Sovcomflot oil/chemical tanker NS Stream, which operates in temperatures as low as -30°C.

Read more at the Tanker, Shipping & Trade Article

Ecochlor Retrofit Installations Completed in Croatia and Turkey

ec0140_comm_397Ecochlor, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of three retrofit installations for SCF Novoship Technical Management, a subsidiary of one of the largest shipping companies in Russia.

The Ecochlor Technical Services Team, along with engineering firm Argo Navis Marine Consulting & Engineering, Ltd., were onsite at dry dock in Croatia to install the ballast water treatment system (BWTS) on the NS Stream, and at dry dock in Turkey to complete installation on two sister ships, the NS Consul and NS Century.

“The NS Consul and NS Century are typical tankers with ballast pumps located in the cargo pump room. This allowed for the installation of the ballast water filter in the cargo pump room in close proximity to the ballast pumps. However, the ballast pump capacity on these ships is high, which means large filters are needed. To install the filters in their final location, temporary openings had to be cut into the ship because they would not fit through the existing openings,” said Andreas Kokkotos, co-founder of Argo Navis.

The NS Stream is a medium range, ice class, oil/chemical tanker built in 2006. Submerged ballast pumps, as well as situating portions of the treatment system in both hazardous and non-hazardous zones, led to a difficult engineering design and installation for the Ecochlor retrofit. Adding to the complexity of the project, the NS Stream is an ice class vessel that operates in waters as low as -30 °C. The Ecochlor treatment system and filters have to be maintained at temperatures above 0 °C, so additional piping was installed to heat the space.

“Ecochlor was pleased with the results of these installations as we achieved our goal to release the vessel from dry dock with minimal disruption and with a DNV GL certification in hand,” said Tom Perlich, Ecochlor co-founder and president. “We look forward to a long collaboration with SCF Novoship Technical Management as we begin to plan for two additional installations scheduled for October and November of this year.”