Ecochlor’s December 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:

IMO Meetings – Scheduling Changes due to COVID-10
VIDA Proposed Rule Comments & Other Supporting Documents
USCG Issues Policy Letter on Alternative Component Testing
California Vessel Report Form Changes
EPA FAQ on Sampling & Monitoring
Ballast Water Treatment System USCG Type Approval

It is all gathered in one newsletter for your convenience!

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

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Pre-publication Viewing of VIDA Standard of Performance

The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, would establish national standards of performance for marine pollution control devices for discharges incidental to the normal operation of primarily non-military and non-recreational vessels 79 feet in length and above into the waters of the United States or the waters of the contiguous zone.

EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, signed the proposed rule on October 5, 2020, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). To view the pre-publication go to https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-10/documents/vida_2040-af92_nprm_frn_2020-05-10_prepublication.pdf

Ecochlor Named to Marine News Top 100 Maritime Companies

August Marine News Cover IssueEcochlor 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.

For additional information, contact Ecochlor’s Business Development Manager in your local area or email sales@ecochlor.com

 

Ecochlor Expands Service Support Network in Singapore

Ecochlor ships USD 117,000 spare parts

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’s global growth and strong after-sale service support programs are a big factor in the company’s continued success in the BWMS industry.

Ecochlor Receives IMO BWMS Code Type Approval

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.

To see the Ecochlor list of regulatory approvals go to https://ecochlor.com/imo-uscg-regulatory-approvals/

Sören Scheid Joins Ecochlor as Business Development Manager of Europe, Scandinavia and UK

Headshot of Soren ScheidEcochlor is pleased to announce Sören Scheid will be managing the new office in Germany as the Regional Business Development Manager for Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.

Mr. Scheid looks forward to promoting Ecochlor’s “unique and innovative ballast water management system” (BWMS) to this region. “I like to think that my work with Ecochlor will not only make shipping more efficient,” Mr. Scheid explained, “but also help to protect the environment.” Ecochlor has a reputation for providing a highly reliable BWMS along with a very powerful treatment technology ─ their strong record of 98% operable systems at sea offers shipowners assurance of compliance to BWMS regulatory standards.

With more than ten years working in the maritime industry, Mr. Scheid understands a shipowner’s individual needs in regard to environmental marine water and air regulations. He will utilize his vast range of experience in sales, process engineering and operational environmental protection to assist owners in finding the best solution for their fleet of ships. “The ability to listen and interact with customers within different hierarchy levels, as well as diverse technical and cultural points, is the basis for what inspires me within my work in sales,” said Mr. Scheid.

Andrew Marshall, VP of Business Development said, “Sören brings an exceptional set of qualifications and increased momentum to Ecochlor as we continue to grow our sales and support resources for the shipping industry. His experience in after-sales support as well as his proficiency as a technical environmental engineer will assist our global sales team working in tandem with our customers to reach a common goal – BWMS regulatory compliance for each and every ship that performs ballast operations with an Ecochlor system.