Andrew Marshall Ecochlor new VP Sales

Ecochlor Names Andrew Marshall Vice President of Business Development

Andrew Marshall Ecochlor new VP SalesEcochlor Inc. is pleased to announce Andrew Marshall as its new Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Marshall will oversee the sales, marketing and communications team, manage major client accounts, and develop strategies to increase revenue growth and profitability while enhancing customer relations.

“Marshall is a seasoned executive and comes to Ecochlor with a proven track record of international business development. His results-driven aptitude brought other companies from the initial conceptual and technical development phase through to official type approval testing while simultaneously creating a market identity to facilitate the international product roll-out. I am proud to have Andrew join our team and I look forward to drawing on his expertise in business development, strategizing for long-term growth, and leadership,” said Steve Candito, CEO of Ecochlor.

Prior to joining Ecochlor, Andrew led several other marine and technology companies. He also served as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the newly formed Ballastwater Manufacturers Equipment Association (BEMA) and was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Marshall commented, “It is an exciting time to join Ecochlor and to be part of building on the company’s already strong market position. Ecochlor’s proprietary BWMS, an award-winning leader in the industry, serves as the forefront of innovative marine environmental technologies that the company will build upon in the coming years.

I hope to further develop their high-performance sales team in a way that will capitalize on the opportunities available.   We will also be expanding global awareness of the Ecochlor brand, which is a stand-out in the BWMS sector for excellence, efficacy, product reliability and service.”

Ecochlor to Speak at the InterManager and BEMA Conference in Cyprus

Tom Perlich, Ecochlor Managing Director will be speaking at the Scrubbers and Ballast Water Systems for Superintendents and Ship Managers hosted by InterManager and the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers Association on March 13, 2019 in Limossal, Cyprus.

Perlich will give a presentation on an Ecochlor ballast water management system installation along with Andreas Zontanos, Founder and President of the integration engineering firm, Argo Navis Marine Consulting and Engineering.

The free, one-day conference considers the effect of new legislation and operational challenges – such as the implementation of Sulphur 2020, the installation and maintenance of scrubbers and ballast water management requirements – on a range of ship operations, to help ship managers, superintendents and shipping personnel to stay up to date.

Click here to see the conference agenda.

To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scrubbers-and-ballast-water-systems-for-superintendents-intermanager-environmental-conference-for-tickets-56971217445Â

Ecochlor Announces New Factory Opening for BWMS Production Ramp Up

Ecochlor ramps up production with new factoryEcochlor is pleased to announce the opening of a new factory in North Haven, Connecticut, USA for production of the chlorine dioxide generator for its ballast water management system (BWMS). Due to a significant upsurge in orders, ProFlow, Inc., Ecochlor’s manufacturing partner, was able to quickly increase production capacity and efficiency by simultaneously incorporating LEAN manufacturing procedures and maintaining their ISO 9001 certification. ProFlow’s production space has surpassed 30,000 ft2 and the new factory will be exclusively used to manufacture the generators.

ProFlow has been building the Ecochlor® BWMS generator since 2001. “This past year we have seen increased orders from Ecochlor, so our manufacturing volume had to grow to match the high demand. With this additional factory space, we are able to move from one-off customized deliveries to volume production assembly cells. In addition, we have built up an inventory of components and sub-assemblies for faster delivery times. These changes in our production process have allowed us to reduce our manufacturing time by more than 25% while also increasing our productivity,” said Kurt Uihlein, President of ProFlow.

Additionally, the manufacturing site and new assembly procedures have allowed Ecochlor to boost deliveries to over 200 units per year. The new assembly process has each generator unit in a production cell for approximately 2 – 3 days, followed by state-of-the art factory acceptance test (FAT) cells that allows for multiple generators to be tested simultaneously. The factory’s location was chosen strategically, as it is situated near the Ecochlor corporate engineering offices and an additional ProFlow manufacturing site for the generator’s sub-assemblies.

Steve Candito, Ecochlor CEO stated, “This new factory is a reflection of Ecochlor’s dedication to providing an exceptional product to our customers in a timely manner. The additional production cells and work space in the factory, along with increased staffing, has allowed ProFlow to more than double our delivery capacity from last year. We are happy to collaborate with a company that is committed to ‘hiring talented people and building high quality products using the best available means.’”

Maritime TV Ballast Water Management Report Series: BEMA

In this 14th program in Maritime TV’s Ballast Water Treatment Report Series, Ecochlor’s CEO, Steve Candito, discusses the impact the partial government shutdown had on U.S. Coast Guard implementation of ballast water management regulation enforcement and addresses the important role of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA).

Ecochlor Announces BWMS Retrofit Contract with Alaskan Tanker Company

Alaskan Tankers and Ecochlor BWMSAlaskan Tanker Company (ATC) will retrofit the Ecochlor® ballast water management system (BWMS) on board their fleet including three VLCC crude oil tankers and an option for one additional vessel. Each of these vessels are U.S. flag tankers with Zone 1 and Zone 0 hazardous areas.

The Ecochlor® BWMS is approved for installation in both US Flag and International vessels in hazardous areas rated Zone 1 or Zone 0 through their U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval certification. The installations will start in the fall of 2019 and run through 2021 at the Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore.

Steve Candito, CEO at Ecochlor said, “Alaskan Tankers has a reputation of shipping oil with the utmost concern for personnel safety and environmental protection. They have a ‘culture of responsibility, accountability at all levels’ and we are proud to have been selected by a vessel owner with such high standards. I look forward to our ongoing relationship ─ providing BWMS and after sales service with the excellence in performance that they demand.”

These vessels primarily transport crude oil from Alaska to US West Coast refineries particularly in California and Washington. These Pacific Northwest areas have the highest environmental standards and are specifically designated in the new VIDA legislation that was signed late in 2017 for more stringent requirements.

“We have been diligently evaluating BWMS to find one that will suit our needs ─ specifically a system that not only unfailingly meets the U.S. Federal and State environmental compliance standards, but one that is easy to operate and will keep our crew safe. Crew safety and environmental protection are of paramount concern to ATC and we expect the same from our operational partners. Further, ATC recognizes its responsibility to the citizens of the U.S. West Coast States, including Alaska. Thus, our ships must not only meet and exceed environmental standards, they must do so reliably to ensure that there is no interruption of critical oil supplies. Ecochlor understands these requirements and has agreed to work with us to ensure we meet these high standards,” commented Anil Mather, CEO at ATC.

About Ecochlor

The Ecochlor® Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) uses a two-step treatment process – filtration followed by chlorine dioxide. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration. The automated system is crew-friendly, has low power consumption and is well-suited for mid-sized to the largest ships in the world. There are no treatment or neutralization on discharge. Ecochlor BWMS has IMO and USCG Type Approval and meets or exceeds their demanding regulatory guidelines. Go to www.ecochlor.com

About Alaskan Tanker Company

Committed to Health, Safety, and Environmental Excellence.

Our safety culture at Alaskan Tanker Company is a unique blend of policies, communication practices, and individual motivation. We have established a safety record that is outstanding by virtually any measure. We do far more than simply comply with industrial and regulatory standards. The people of ATC work hard to give real meaning to the words…”no accidents, no harm to people, no damage to the environment.” http://www.aktanker.com

Ecochlor BWM Regulatory Update

Ecochlor’s February Ballast Water Management Regulatory Update

Ecochlor BWM Regulatory UpdateEcochlor’s latest newsletter on Ballast Water Management Regulatory Updates and industry news has just been released. This edition features a VIDA update, BWMS USCG Type Approvals, Impact of US Government Shutdown, the IMO winter newsletter, Int’l BWM Compliance Implementation and feedback from a shipowner survey on BWM by ABS.

Click here to see the latest news!

USCG Type Approval BWMS Comparison Chart

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) provides a list limiting conditions for the use of a ballast water management system under specific conditions during operation on a vessel. These limitations are referenced in type approval certificates.

The process for evaluating and assessing operational limitations includes the following general steps:

– The manufacturer identifies relevant limiting conditions or parameters in the required “technical data package” submitted to the Independent Lab (IL);

– In coordination with the BWMS manufacturer, the IL reviews, assesses, and as appropriate, identifies additional or missing limitations critical to the operation of the BWMS;

– Based on the manufacturer-supplied BWMS documentation, the IL develops comprehensive test plans for ship-board, land-based, and component testing;

– At the completion of the testing, the IL provides the Coast Guard with a “Test Report” as part of the manufacturer’s type approval application;

– The Coast Guard accepts the IL statement of assessment as part of an approved application and issues a type approval certificate that reflects the manufacturer-identified operating limits.

Click here to see a downloadable comparison chart of the operational limitations for all the USCG type approved ballast water management systems.

Ballast Water Management: strategy, systems and regulations

The next milestone in the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, 8 September 2019, is approaching quickly, requiring more vessels to comply with the D2 standard.

Steve Candito, CEO of Ecochlor, suggested, “if you are a shipowner and haven’t even started the decision-making phase regarding a treatment technology for your vessel(s), you might want to rethink your compliance strategy”.

Candito recommended that shipowners should begin retrofit planning a year in advance by reaching out to marine engineering firms experienced in ballast water treatment installations to determine which treatment technology is best suited for their vessel or fleet of ships, and also to the vessel’s classification society (Class) to be aware of any limitations placed on the system’s use. He warned that industry expectations are that both the marine engineering firms and Class will reach their staffing capacity in the very near future. As a result, there is the potential for long bottlenecks in delivery and costly delays for the shipowner.

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