Friday, June 1, 2012

Giant Oil Tankers Repel Alien Boarders with Ballast Water Treatment

VLCC's Fitted With OceanSaver Technology
Shipping News Feature

GREECE – KOREA – NORWAY - With the drive against pollution now mandatory under the IMO’s regulations, ballast water treatment systems are an essential component in every type of new build vessel from container ship to bulk carrier and the scale and huge displacement of giant VLCC’s like those under construction for Greek oil tanker operator, Almi Tankers S.A., make the selection of such necessities even more crucial. The 320,000 dwt ships will join Almi’s fleet in July 2013 and November 2014 and are designed to exceed high environmental standards, reflecting client demand and international standards for a clean and green operation.

The ships are currently being built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Korean yards and Almi has chosen Norwegian based OceanSaver Ballast Water Treatment solutions for the two Very Large Crude Carriers which are being constructed to ABS class and will be fitted with a 2 x 3000m3/h type approved Mark II OceanSaver systems. The first system will be commissioned in 2012 and incorporate OceanSaver’s second generation design which the company says is engineered for its reliability, low maintenance requirements and low power consumption.

Tor Atle Eiken, OceanSaver’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing was quick to talk up his company’s product saying:

“The ability to provide a range of treatment options sets OceanSaver apart from other equipment manufacturers. While most claim a modular approach, OceanSaver additionally offers a range of equipment, materials and designs to create the best possible solution for each vessel. The optional addition of a de-oxygenation step, for example, enables owners to incorporate corrosion mitigation into their operation and maintenance goals.”

Photo: Courtesy of OceanSaver