Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ballast Water Treatment Retrofit for Fleet of 6,700 TEU Container Ships

Asian Line will have Work Done in China
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY – CHINA – Confidentiality clauses prevent ballast water treatment specialist Optimarin from revealing the name of its latest customer who has ordered the installation of 10 of its flexible environmentally friendly systems as a retrofit in the company’s fleet of 6,700 TEU container vessels. The first of the Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) units has already been installed in two of the unnamed Asian shipping line’s ships with two further systems following at the beginning of next year, and two more in spring 2016.

Optimarin, which fitted the world’s first commercial ballast water treatment system in 2000, has now fitted over 270 OBS units worldwide, from an order book that has seen over 350 orders placed. The company says the modular, reliable and easy to install and maintain nature of the system has made it the leading retrofit choice for vessels up to 60,000dwt. Goltens Green Technology, which entered into an agreement with Optimarin last year as a preferred retrofit partner, will manage all design and supervision from its Singapore office. Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen commented:

“Our solution combines simplicity with innovation, utilising a combination of automatic back flushing, self-cleaning filters and UV irradiation to neutralise all organisms, bacteria and pathogens in ballast water. We’ve been developing this technology for the past 21 years and that experience is a compelling proposition for owners and yards that, with the ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention on the horizon, need solutions that they can trust… and need them soon.

“This is particularly true in Asia where we’re now working with shipowners of the stature of Pacific Radiance, Chellsea and EMAS, while winning newbuild contracts from yards such as ASL Shipyard, Jurong SY, Keppel Singmarine, China Merchant Heavy Industries and Oshima Shipbuilding.”

The 10 vessels, each requiring 1000 m3 system capacities, are managed from Hong Kong and will undergo installation work at Chinese yards. Goltens will use its proven retrofit process, employing precision 3D laser scanning and modelling as the basis for detailed design, prefabrication and streamlined system installation, to carry out the tasks. The two firms are no strangers to one another, having joined forces on nearly 60 worldwide retrofit assignments so far.

Andersen says this shared experience leads to fast-track, problem free installation, with most projects, where prefabrication and preparatory engineering work is completed, concluded within a week. Optimarin, which recently completed work on extensive in-house testing facilities at its headquarters in Stavanger, is currently undergoing a full programme of USCG approval testing for the OBS. The system already boasts IMO approval, USCG AMS acceptance, and certification through DNV GL, BV, RMRS and CCS.