In the shipping industry, time is money. A shipping company loses money when a vessel is not in service. In these difficult times, losing money is the last thing that any company wants to be doing, especially when sometimes the cause of the loss is avoidable.
Despite strict regulatory guidelines for entering enclosed spaces to handle tank cleaning, cold work or hot work, seafarers are often under pressure make things happen more quickly, and that can lead to an erosion of safety protocols. Tragically, overlooking these safety measures in order to shave off some time, has resulted in a surge in injuries and fatalities of crew members entering these unsafe enclosed spaces.
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… Dongju (DJ) Cho, Ecochlor’s Regional Business Development Manager in South Korea and Mr. Theofilis, Ecochlor Service Engineer were visited by a “Korean Ghost” at the Korean Folk Village.
Mr. Theofilis, located in Greece, joined DJ in South Korea to commission the SLNC Pax retrofit at Orient Shipyard and the Maran Aspasia newbuild at Daehan Shipbuilding Corporation. Ecochlor travels the world to provide “best in class” service for our clients!
Ecochlor is pleased to announce that the company (page 66) has been selected as one the Marine News “Top 100 Marine Companies .” Each year, the publication’s August issue profiles the top maritime companies in the United States (U.S.) For the third consecutive year Ecochlor was chosen, due to their environmental contribution to the industry and ability to continuously deliver innovative business solutions to the maritime market.
Additionally, in September, Ecochlor was ranked 574 by Inc. magazine. The “Inc. 5000” list celebrates the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the U.S. This is the second time that Ecochlor has been included in the list of “private companies with the most proven track records.”
The Ecochlor ballast water management system enjoys a number of advantages over competitors, but the most compelling is the system’s reliability and ease-of-use. Their “three pillars of reliability” includes a powerful treatment technology, high-quality manufacturing and continuous oversight over the operation of the system through twice yearly ship visits by the Service Team. The company believes that maximizing BWMS uptime means using high-quality components within a simple and inherently reliable system design that is followed up with unmatched customer support.
As part of the company’s continuing efforts to assist shipowners in the process of selection, installation and continued compliance in the treatment of ballast water. Ecochlor is now offering a full range of after-sales options to provide shipowners turnkey logistics solutions for system installations. After-sale options include:
Door to door shipping including assistance with ocean or air shipping, customs clearance, and storage;
Installation oversite and biological efficacy commissioning testing attendance;
Purchase and shipment of Alloy 20, 316 and other stainless-steel piping using U.S. high-grade steel to support the installation.
Spare parts deliveries and savings.
Ecochlor goes beyond the other BWMS manufacturers in offering oversite of every system on board a vessel using real-time data analysis on every ballast operation to ensure the system’s uptimes are maintained at the highest possible levels – their current operational level is at 98% of commissioned systems.
Bob Nash has been selected to be Ecochlor’s new Installation and Commissioning Manager in China. Mr. Nash will play a lead role in discussions and negotiations with the shipyards and our customers through his position managing our service business in the region. Mr. Nash has a wealth of experience in ballast water management and also with control companies; he has worked in many countries around the world!
Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000
Inc. magazine today revealed that Ecochlor is No. 574 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“For the second time we are honored to be included on the Inc. 5000’s annual list,” commented Steve Candito, CEO of Ecochlor. “This award marks a real achievement for our Team of dedicated employees; highlighting their commitment to provide a robust ballast water management system to our clients, along with a superior global service program for their ships. Our strong market standing in the environmental maritime industry and mission to bring quality products and services to market, validate Ecochlor’s position in the top 12% of US privately-owned companies.”
Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000 .
“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”
Michael, Madely, VP of Global Service at Ecochlor is excited to reveal the first of many planned locations for Ecochlor’s spare parts support network outside the United States. “Having an inventory of spare parts located in Singapore will provide a faster response time to all vessels in Asia with our system on board. Our goal is to have parts located in the three main time zones – Asia, Europe and the USA – in an effort to provide real-time response to our customers’ requirements for maximum system operation with minimum downtime,” said Mr. Madely.
Ecochlor has just completed the shipment of more than USD 117,000 in spare parts to Singapore to better support clients in Asia during installations and service calls for their vessel’s ballast water management system (BWMS).
Ecochlor is pleased to receive Type Approval from the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for the IMO BWMS Code (MEPC.300(72) / revised 2016 G8) standards. The new certification applies to the entire range of Ecochlor ballast water management systems (BWMS), with flow rates of between 500 m3/hr. and 16,200 m3/hr., meaning that vessel owners may continue to install Ecochlor’s BWMS after the IMO BWMS Code October 28, 2020 deadline. The Company completed the additional testing required for active substance technologies for full approval in marine, brackish and fresh waters earlier in the year. The tests confirmed that no changes in equipment or in the operation of the Ecochlor BWMS were required.
Ecochlor is a market leader in the BWM industry and uses a two-step treatment process to treat ballast water; filtration and chlorine dioxide. Treatment is during uptake only, with no discharge neutralization step required. The Company has the capability to supply, service and support its systems worldwide and has a reputation for delivering an easy-to-use system for ship crews. The system requires minimal crew involvement during operation and does not have any TRO components, which can cause interruption to both ballasting and de-ballasting operations. Treatment dosage and efficacy are not affected by salinity, temperature or “dirty” water ─ all factors that result in uncertainty as to the efficacy of other technologies. The system energy requirement is very low, possibly the lowest of any BWMS on the market.
Ecochlor’s Vice President of Operations, Pete Thompson, has coordinated the testing and documentation efforts for Type Approval. He commented, “For two decades we have continued to test the effectiveness of our system to the highest standards available worldwide. This commitment reinforces our determination to bring a quality, reliable BWMS to the maritime industry.”
After 28 October 2020, all vessels installing a BWMS must comply with the international BWMS Code. Approval pursuant to the previous G8 guidelines (MEPC.174(58)) will no longer be acceptable. Ecochlor stands alongside a limited number of BWMS manufacturers in providing G8 compliance to shipowners. “This latest regulatory approval is another example of Ecochlor’s unwavering commitment to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals from Class Societies and Flag Administrations across the globe, even as the requirements continue to evolve,” said Steve Candito, Ecochlor’s CEO.