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Operational parameters for Ecochlor Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS)

Prioritizing efficiency, reliability and environmental protection, Ecochlor has a ballast water management solution suitable for every ship and trade route. With three types of BWMS available using our patented chlorine dioxide technology, our solutions provide ship owners and operators with peace of mind and ensure regulatory compliance.

For more information, visit: https://ecochlor.com/

Ballast Water Management May Regulatory Update

Ecochlor’s latest e-newsletter on Regulatory Updates for ballast water management is available for download.

May Regulatory Update newsletter coverThis issue contains:

  • Submissions for MEPC 76
  • US Port State Control Annual Report
  • ABS – Advice on Operating BWMS
  • BEMA Position Pager on BWMS Operation in Ports with Challenging Waters
  • USCG BWM Type Approvals
  • Review of ballast water record book entries – Flag Administrations, BIMCO and other NGO’s

It is all gathered in one newsletter for your convenience!

You may view the entire newsletter at Ecochlor’s May BWMS Regulatory Update

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Why do tankers keep exploding?

chemical tanker explosionIn spite of ever-increasing safety regulations, explosion incidents on tankers still happen. Any explosion risk has three prerequisites: flammable material, oxygen and an ignition source. Take away (at least) one to achieve safety.

According to SOLAS requirements any tanker newbuilding > 8000dwt since 2016 has to have an inert gas system installed which reduces the oxygen concentration to safe levels. Before it was > 20,000 dwt. However, there is no requirement to retrofit IG systems to existing pre-2016 tankers, which means they are frequently subject to hazardous conditions.

In the Riviera Maritime Media article, “Why do tankers keep exploding?”, Dean Crossley, Loss Prevention Manager at WEST P&I Club recommends retrofitting IG systems to ALL tankers, oil & chemical, old and new ones, incl. those < 8000 dwt. However, retrofitting an IG system is nearly impossible for technical reasons, if not economic. NanoVapor may be a cost-efficient and simple option to prevent hydrocarbons from evaporation. Thus, taking away the flammable material.

Nanovapor is a safe, gas-freeing alternative to more traditional methods. Time needed to a gas-free fuel or cargo tank is dramatically reduced and a single application can continue to suppress fuel vapors for days. The NanoVapor delivery unit uses a compressed air source to create a high-flow air stream used to inject the suppressant molecules into an enclosed tank. The molecule suppressant works quickly to suppress VOC evaporation from all liquid fuel throughout the entire tank. See the NanoVapor product video at https://ecochlor.com/ecochlor-nanovapor-nano-suppressant/

Coming soon – ballast water management efficacy testing requirements

Tanker Operator article on ballast water managementNew ballast water management systems will need to be subject to ‘biological efficacy tests during commissioning by June 2022, if not before that date. The logistics and planning for this is often overlooked. Ecochlor CEO, Steve Candito identifies a few simple ways the shipowner can significantly reduce the risk of a failed commissioning test.

To read the Tanker Operator article “Coming soon – ballast efficacy tests” to learn some helpful hints on preparing for these future testing requirements click here.

Panos Smyroglou to Speak at Green4Sea Virtual Forum

Panos Smyroglou is speaking at Green4Sea

Panos Smyroglou, Business Development Manager of Ecochlor will join a team of experts to discuss updates on ballast water management on Wednesday 21 April at 7 am EDT (11:00 GMT / 14:00 Athens / 19:00 SGT) at the Green4Sea Virtual Forum. Attendees will learn more about what is next on the regulatory agenda, key operational challenges of installing a BWMS, crew training recommendations, industry feedback on BWMS operations and any lessons learned or ‘best practices’ to be shared.

Other panelists for speaking at this workshop include: Dr. Efi Tsolaki, Erma First ESK; Dimitris Tsoulos, De Nora Marine Technologies; Jad Mouawad, Mouawad Consulting AS; and, George Kriezis, Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises.

Ecochlor Press Briefing Webinar: EcoOne Filterless BWMS

This webinar examined the latest information on regulatory challenges; technologies that offer simple, reliable BWMS solutions for shipowners with changing trade routes; and a study on ‘best practices’ used by integration engineers for system installations. Speakers / Presentations included:

  • Marcie Merksamer, VP of EnviroManagement / Challenges of IMO BWMS Code Commissioning Testing: Guidance for Owners
  • Steve Candito, CEO of Ecochlor / Introduction to Ecochlor and EcoOne Product Launch
  • Andrew Marshall, VP of Business Development, Ecochlor / EcoOne: The Filterless Solution
  • Andreas Zontanos, Founder & Business Manager of Argo Navis Marine Consulting & Engineering / BWMS Integration Engineering: Filter vs. Filterless Installations

During the webinar was launched; the latest ground-breaking ballast water technology from Ecochlor. For more information go to http://www.ecochlor.com/ecoone



Ecochlor Launches EcoOne™- A Revolutionary New Filterless BWMS

EcoOne Filterless BWMSEcochlor is excited to announce the launch of EcoOne, a revolutionary new ballast water management system (BWMS).

“By eliminating the filter, we have taken simplicity and reliability in ballasting operations to the maximum level. Whilst, at the same time, we have maintained the original Ecochlor® BWMS’ high performance and service that customers expect from us,” said VP of Business Development, Andrew Marshall. “Comprehensive R&D and rigorous compliance testing of EcoOne, along with a strong company philosophy focused on ‘engineering for reliability’, assures customers that every one of our products holds up to our strict ease of use and durability standards. Our powerful ClO2 treatment technology has been tested extensively to ensure that it works effectively as a single pass treatment under all operating conditions with no neutralization or retreatment prior to discharge. Plus, there are no problematic TRO sensors, electrodes or complex power supplies in either the new EcoOnesystems or the Ecochlor® BWMS.”

Having three systems to choose from helps the shipowner have more control in selecting the mode of BWMS operation that is best suited for their vessel. Ecochlor now offers:

  • Ecochlor® BWMS (Filtration & ClO2)
  • New EcoOne BWMS (ClO2 alone)
  • New EcoOne Hybrid BWMS (Dual mode filtration & ClO2 or ClO2 alone)

The EcoOne BWMS recently completed extensive land-based testing, demonstrating compliance with the most recent, stringent USCG and IMO BWMS Code standards. Real-world shipboard testing is ongoing aboard an Aframax and a VLCC and is expected to be completed in May 2021.

As the leader of Ecochlor, Steve Candito, CEO, has implemented a number of new advances in the Company over the past few years beyond EcoOne™ including improving the efficiency of the manufacturing processes and the expansion of Ecochlor as a “Green Marine” platform in collaboration with other innovative maritime environmental business providers. Mr. Candito commented: “EcoOne and EcoOne™ Hybrid represent what a first class BWMS manufacturer can do when it listens to its customers, then shows a little initiative and a lot of innovation. “We developed the new systems in direct response to concerns expressed by shipowners about how existing ballast water treatment processes are inflexible and may not be suitable for all vessels under all circumstances. Our newest BWMSs offer more options to the shipowner, allowing them to make informed decisions for the BWMS requirements for each of their vessels, – all without sacrificing the reliability and ’best in class’ service and support that Ecochlor is known for throughout the industry. “With an eye to the future,” Mr. Candito continued, “Ecochlor will continue to evolve and develop our core BWMS products as well as increase company growth through other environmentally and regulatory compliance focused products and services. We look forward to bringing many more of these exciting new products and services to you soon.”

April Regulatory Update and Event Invite

Ecochlor’s latest e-newsletter on Regulatory Updates for ballast water management is available for download.

May Regulatory Update newsletter coverThis issue contains:

  • Ecochlor Press Briefing Announcement & Webinar: BWMS
  • UK MCA Public Views on IMO BWM Convention
  • USCG Revised STEP Application
  • USCG Mask Mandate
  • USCG BWM Type Approvals
  • VIDA Established GLLCISP

It is all gathered in one newsletter for your convenience!

You may view the entire newsletter at Ecochlor’s April BWMS Regulatory Update

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Ecochlor Ranks 22nd in “Inc. 5000 NYC Metro Regionals”

The companies on this list show stunning rates of growth across all industries in the New York City Metro area.

Ecochlor ranks 22nd in private company growth in NYCInc. magazine released the winners of its second annual “Inc. 5000 Regionals: New York City Metro” award ceremony. Ecochlor was ranked 22nd in the list of fastest-growing New York City area-based private companies.

Ecochlor CEO Steve Candito said, “This award represents a look at the most successful independent small businesses in the NYC area. Our strong market standing and continued growth in the maritime industry highlight Ecochlor’s dedicated commitment to providing a reliable, cost-effective ballast water management system to our clients along with ‘best in class’ service and support.”

Inc. magazine points out that between 2017 and 2019, the 250 private companies on the NYC Metro list had an average growth rate of 214 percent.

“This list proves the power of companies in the New York City area no matter the industry,” said Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “The impressive revenues and growth rates prove the insight and diligence of CEOs and that these businesses are here to stay.”

Additionally, Ecochlor has been honored to be included for the second time, both in the 2021 “Inc. 5000” annual list and having previously been included in the 2019 list, representing the highest private company growth rates for the entirety of the United States.

About Inc. Media and Inc 5000 Regionals

Inc. Media is the world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools and connections and community to build great companies. It’s prestigious Inc. 5000 list produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers. To see the full list on @Inc go to https://www.inc.com/inc5000/regionals/new-york

Ecochlor Expands Service Team in Southeast Asia

Zen Hong Oh photo new SE Service Manager for EcochlorEcochlor is pleased to announce the appointment of Zen Hong Oh as Regional Service Manager for Southeast Asia.

Mr. Oh has more than eleven years of involvement in the maritime industry both in shipbuilding and in project management of vessel repairs and retrofits. Prior to Ecochlor, he was Field Service Manager at Emerson Process Management Marine Solutions. He also acted as Assistant Manager of Green Technologies for Sembcorp Marine with responsibilities that included the technical review of retrofits.

“We are expanding our Singapore Services Hub with increased chemical storage capabilities, engineering service support and spare parts network,” said Michael Madely, VP, Global Service. “Situated in Singapore, Mr. Oh is crucial to our growth in this area along with developing strong relationships with our service partners in Japan and Korea. He has a wealth of managerial and technical experience in ballast water management system (BWMS) project management which is central to the support of our teams and customers in Southeast Asia.”

Mr. Oh added, “My background in both shipyard retrofits and in project management of BWMS installations will be of great assistance to both our service engineers and in providing a real-time response to our clients. I am excited to bring my experience to this “best in class” service support team!”

Mr. Oh has a Masters in Offshore Technology with Subsea Engineering and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.


Ecochlor, Inc. was founded in 2001 to provide simple, reliable, cost effective, easy to use BWMSs for the maritime industry. From the first ballast operation and every one thereafter, Ecochlor engages in direct communication with the vessel’s crew. The Service Team is on board the ship approximately twice a year (depending on vessel ballast operations) for chemical resupply and to support the ship’s crew in training and equipment maintenance. More than 98% of Ecochlor systems are reported as in service worldwide.

Drawing on 20 years of experience in the BWMS market, Ecochlor continues to expand and diversify through a “Green Marine” platform in collaboration with innovative maritime business providers that offer environmental products and services to the maritime industry.