Tuesday, January 3, 2012

OceanSaver Expand their Target Shipping Market with New Technology

Ballast Water Treatment Group Aim For Smaller Vessels
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – As we face a year in which overcapacity in the shipping markets is likely to keep charter prices and freight rates down it is even more important for cargo vessel operators to ensure their ships are fully compliant with all the required international standards. As we have written so often, one of the key areas which many ship owners and operators need to address is that of the control of ballast water emissions.

Now Norwegian group, the appropriately named OceanSaver, has decided to expand its customer base by moving from its traditional market of larger vessels into the medium range vessel market segment and today the company announced DNV Type Approval certification of its next generation ballast water management technology - Mark II.

OceanSaver’s Mark II ballast water treatment system is a tailored version of the already type approved Mark I model, but with the most ‘energy demanding’ features of the Mark I removed. The Mark II model introduces better performing filtration technology and reduces piping installations considerably, which saves both time and money during installation. OceanSaver is delivering Mark II systems for two suezmax tankers at China’s Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry and four bulk carriers at SPP Shipyard in Korea. The agreement is valued at around $7 million and represents OceanSaver’s first bulk carrier BWT system delivery, consisting of the supply and installation of 4 sets of Mark II ballast systems, each with a treatment capacity up to 2 x 800 m3/h.

OceanSaver says its focus has not only been on procurement costs, but on Mark II’s entire lifecycle costs, including spare parts, energy consumption and manpower. The energy required for the complete system and related equipment is 50% less for Mark II compared to Mark I. This, in addition to the no treatment at de-ballasting ability, the company says makes Mark II highly cost-efficient. The company website underlines the many questions which a vessel owner needs to answer before considering exactly which system is required to ensure compliance with IMO and other regulations and requirements and Houtan Houshangi, CEO of OceanSaver points out that now DNV Type Approval has been gained this latest in the range of its ballast water treatment technology fully meets the requirements of the International Ballast Water Convention and the Norwegian Administration. He continued:

“Mark II Type Approval lays the foundation for OceanSaver to rescale its BWT business, technology and supply chain locally in Europe and in the Far East where we see the greatest demand. Through our technical leadership we create added value for ship owners.”

Photo: A retrofitted system from OceanSaver