Ecochlor, Inc. announced today that W Marine, Inc. has selected Ecochlor to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on two new build 82,000 DWT bulk carriers that will be constructed in China by Sainty Marine Corporation, Ltd. In addition, W Marine has secured an option for six additional systems to be retrofit onto its existing fleet.
Ecochlor’s President, Tom Perlich, said: “We are very pleased to be awarded a fleet agreement with W Marine. Through the extensive selection process we appreciated the commitment of W Marine to fully complying with all environmental regulations. Ecochlor looks forward to this long term relationship and to ensuring that each of the W Marine vessel conform to all current and future ballast water treatment requirements.”
Mr. Kyriakos Koumparakis, Technical Manager, commented: “After significant research into ballast water treatment systems, the Ecochlor solution met W Marine’s rigid requirements for a fully-automatic operation with low power consumption and a simple design. Ultimately, the W Marine decision was based upon their confidence in Ecochlor’s ability to secure United States Coast Guard Type Approval for its ballast water treatment solutions.”
About W Marine INC
W Marine Inc. is a fully integrated Ship Management Company, established in Athens, Greece in 2003. The Company currently operates six dry bulk carrier vessels, ranging in size from 82,000 dwt Kamsarmaxes to 93,000 dwt Post Panamaxes with a total dwt capacity of 535,564 tons and an average age of three years. The vessels trade worldwide, serving the transportation needs of well-established traders and charterers, whilst the Company undertakes their full commercial and technical management. In order to enhance and optimize the vessels’ commercial use, the Company, in cooperation with SDARI and DNV-GL developed a shallow draught Post Panamax dry bulk carrier vessel of 84,000 dwt and placed an order for two such vessels to be built at Sainty Marine Shipyard, Jiangsu Province, PRC. The Company enjoys an excellent operational safety record; it recently celebrated its first 100 voyages having delivered over eight million tons of cargo, promptly without a single claim for cargo shortage, pilferage or contamination. More details available at the Company’s website, www.wmarine.com.
About Ecochlor, Inc.
Ecochlor, Inc. provides shipowners with cost effective, environmentally safe ballast water treatment solutions that comply with all enacted and proposed standards and regulations. The Ecochlor® BWTS uses a two-step process to treat ballast water – filtration followed by disinfection with the well-known biocide, chlorine dioxide. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration, which can impact other treatment options. Furthermore, the small size, low power, and low maintenance characteristics of the Ecochlor system make it ideally suited for installation on the world’s largest ships. For more information on the Ecochlor® BWTS, visit the company website at www.ecochlor.com.