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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Inc. 5000 USA Award to Ecochlor

Ecochlor BWTS Ranked #8 in Fastest-Growing Manufacturing Company by Inc. 500|5000

Ecochlor Inc. 500 AwardEcochlor® BWTS was recognized by Inc. 500|5000 as one of the fastest-growing manufacturing companies in the United States. The Inc. 500 award, representing the top 10% of the 5000 companies chosen, was presented to Ecochlor with a ranking of #8 in the United States for manufacturing, #16 in Best Massachusetts companies and overall placement of #453 for all companies throughout America.

Chip Herzog, Ecochlor CFO, said, “With a three-year revenue growth of 972.09% this award acknowledges the real achievements of our founder and president, Tom Perlich, and the talented team behind this success. Only the very best private companies are recognized in the Inc. 500 list.”

The Inc. 500|5000 awards the most distinguished private companies that show significant revenue growth over a three-year period; it has become the gold-standard in representing the success of an organization. Its purpose is to bring attention to the most innovative and thriving companies within the United States. This year, businesses that are included on the list have grown ten-fold since 2013.

Steve Candito, CEO said, “Being recognized by Inc. 500 is an incredible honor. As a global leader in manufacturing ballast water treatment systems (BWTS), we hope to continue to build on our commitment to growth and excellence within the maritime industry.”

“As a company focused on strategic growth,” said Tom Perlich, “Ecochlor strives to identify new ways to enhance the experience of our clients. Whether it’s through our time-tested technology that can be retrofitted on mid-sized vessels up to the largest supertankers, our new training center currently in production, or the three-tiered computer training program nearing completion for the crew operating our systems, our focus has been to assist shipowners meet BWTS regulatory requirements in the most effective and efficient means possible.”

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Marine News “MN100 Top Maritime Companies”

Along with being named to the Inc. 500, Ecochlor was recognized by Marine News as one of the “Top 100” companies for their annual MN100 issue. This publication reviews the most compelling enterprises in the maritime industry in the United States. Market leaders are featured in the August issue and Ecochlor was highlighted for BWTS product excellence in the “Water Treatment & Technology” segment.

Corporate Overview

The Ecochlor ballast water treatment system (BWTS) uses a two-step treatment process – filtration followed by chlorine dioxide. It is the only supplier of BWT systems that utilizes the patented chlorine dioxide (ClO2) treatment technology and does not require treatment or neutralization on discharge. The system’s efficacy is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, or vibration. The low power consumption, crew-friendly automation and small footprint makes it ideally suited for mid-sized vessels up to the largest supertankers in the world. Ecochlor is the first chemical-injection treatment system with USCG Type Approval.

Ecochlor BWTS is the Only USCG Type Approved System for High Flow Rate Tanker Installations

Tanker BWTS retrofit

Ecochlor is the only supplier of BWT systems that utilizes the patented chlorine dioxide (ClO2) treatment technology for ballast water which does not require treatment or neutralization on discharge. The system’s efficacy is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, or vibration. The low power consumption and small footprint makes it ideally suited for mid-sized vessels up to the largest supertankers in the world.

Ecochlor BWTS Receives USCG Type Approval

USCG Type Approval of Ecochlor’s unique, patented treatment technology now offers an alternative to UV and Electrochlorination. No treatment on discharge or neutralization is required with the Ecochlor® BWTS.

Ecochlor is pleased to announce that its patented BWTS has received USCG Type Approval. The Ecochlor® BWTS uses a two-step treatment process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). It is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature.

Tom Perlich, President and Founder said, “The Ecochlor BWTS works just as effectively as it did when first installed in a ship in 2004 without any fundamental changes. Since that first system was sold, the Ecochlor System has undergone extensive testing and received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval (2011), US Coast Guard (USCG) Alternative Management System (AMS) Acceptance (2013), and numerous classification society approvals including Lloyd’s Register, American Bureau of Shipping, Class NK, Bureau Veritas, and RMRS. USCG Type Approval, Ecochlor’s final benchmark, validates all the hard work we expended to ensure there is a reliable, efficient, cost-effective treatment system available to shipowners.”

The Ecochlor System provides shipowners with several unique features. One of these is low power consumption, perhaps the lowest in the industry. Typical power requirements for the Ecochlor System treating a total flow rate of 8,000 m3/hr is 12 kWh, with maximum requirements reaching only as high as 35 kW. The Ecochlor system is the only approved system for high flow rate (>3,000 m3/hr) on US flagged tanker installations (5x the nearest US flagged tank approved competitors flow rates).

“Not only does the Ecochlor BWTS have low power consumption, it is highly effective in all types of waters,” said Steve Candito, Ecochlor’s CEO. “The system was engineered with many safety and redundancy features, such storage tanks provided with secondary containment, flow controls and a vacuum mixing chamber where the chlorine dioxide is generated on-demand. Along with supplying a highly effective, safe technology, Ecochlor is committed to offering a more efficient retrofit experience. We are pleased to now list USCG Type Approval Certification among our many achievements.”

Another important feature of the Ecochlor System is a small footprint, which makes it extremely space efficient, even for larger capacity systems. The BWTS offers a modular approach providing further flexibility in tight spaces. Typically, only a single treatment system is required, with up to three chemical injection points connected to the vessel’s ballast lines. USCG Type Approval has been issued for Ecochlor Systems capable of treating ballast flow rates from 500 m3/hr to 16,200 m3/hr.  The Ecochlor system USCG Type approval is almost twice the flow capacity of any other approved technology.

Marcie Merksamer, Vice President of EnviroManagement, Inc. adds, “For all system manufacturers, getting through the USCG Type Approval process is a long journey, with challenges and successes along the way. I’m pleased to have assisted Ecochlor and collaborated with DNV GL, Golden Bear Facility, and the USCG during the process, and I congratulate the Company on successful completion of USCG Type Approval.”

Perlich said, “Ecochlor’s focus has always been to help shipowners meet regulatory requirements in the most effective and efficient way. In the past year, we have seen significant activity from shipowners who recognize the value of all the benefits in the Ecochlor System. As one of only five USCG Type Approved BWTS in the world, this approval adds Ecochlor to a group that has successfully demonstrated that they can meet the most rigorous testing requirements worldwide.”

Charlie Miller retires as CEO of Ecochlor; Steve Candito named as Successor

New CEO Steve Candito

Ecochlor, Inc. announced that Charlie Miller has retired as CEO with Steve Candito named as his successor. Steve started his new role on August 8, 2017 with Charlie to assist during the transition.

Tom Perlich, Ecochlor Founder and President, said, “Charlie has been instrumental in Ecochlor’s growth over the last 15 years. During his tenure, we have put together a skilled and experienced team, and find ourselves positioned as a global front-runner in the BWT industry. While Charlie will be missed, I am equally confident in the leadership of his replacement, Steve Candito, as he assumes the role of our new CEO. Steve comes from a strong background in the maritime industry and has an excellent performance record in all that he has undertaken. I look forward to being part of Steve’s vision for Ecochlor’s continued growth!”

Prior to joining Ecochlor, Steve was Founder, President and CEO of Foresea Consulting where he provided various advisory services including strategic planning, regulatory compliance and crisis management to the maritime and environmental communities. Before Foresea, he was President and CEO of National Response Corporation (NRC). During his 20+ years at NRC he grew the business from a start-up to a leading global emergency response and environmental services firm.  He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters.

Steve was previously an attorney with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens from 1985 to 1993 where he specialized in maritime litigation and environmental law. He also served as a marine engineer aboard Exxon USA’s domestic tanker fleet.  Steve graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

“My entire career has been focused on either working for or assisting shipowners, so when the Ecochlor opportunity presented itself I knew I found a way to continue those efforts within the same network,” said Steve. “The Ecochlor System is different from other ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) because it truly solves a complicated need for vessels with high ballast flow rates without the high-power consumption and space requirements of other technologies. I truly believe that Ecochlor’s BWTS is the best option for most shipowners. With USCG Type Approval imminent, we are getting ready to gear up to manufacture and install a record number of systems in the very near future. It is an exciting time to be part of this great team!”

Ecochlor President: Tom Perlich Interview on BWTS Installations

Following the BWM Convention’s entry into force on September 8, it is estimated that tens of thousands of ships will be required to install ballast treatment systems.

World Maritime News wanted to learn more about the installation process and spoke with Tom Perlich, President and Founder of Ecochlor. US-based Ecochlor, Inc. was founded in 2001 with the purpose of commercializing recently obtained patents for its ballast water treatment technology.

WMN: From an engineering point of view, how difficult is it to retrofit a ship with a BWM system, and whether, and in what way does the new system affect the ship’s operability?

Perlich: Shipowners should be aware of the complexity of a retrofit beyond just choosing a treatment system and allowing time to schedule, not only shipyard time for the installation, but also engineering services with firms that are experienced in BWT installations, as well as time for design review and compliance with classification and flag societies.

Any BWTS will affect the operation of the vessel, as it will draw on a ship’s electrical power, integrate with the electrical controls and work alongside main ballast water pump. Many treatment systems also require monitoring during intake. Ecochlor’s automated system is crew-friendly and has very low power requirements, if not the lowest in the industry. Typical power requirements for a flow rate of 8,000 m3/hr is 12 kWh, with maximum requirements reaching only as high as 35 kWh, usually due to high turbidity ballast water sources.

WMN: The Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System is suited for installation on all ships, especially on large tankers and bulkers. Do you intend to focus more on this particular segment which involves bulk carriers and tankers?

Perlich: Ecochlor is targeting vessels with mid-to-high ballast water flow rates, typically 1,000 m3 /hr or more. The higher the flow rate, the better. For vessels with ballast water flow rates of 2,000 m3 per hour up to, and including, 16,000 m3 per hour, the advantages of the Ecochlor design (small size, low power) become more obvious.

Speaking on the most lucrative sector so far, Perlich said that a lot of activity has been seen from the tanker industry.

“With the convention’s entry coming into force, we are also generating interest from owners of bulk carriers that require a system that does not need treatment or neutralization at discharge, such as for example top side tanks. Ecochlor is one of the only technologies on the market fitting that criteria.”

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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 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.