OceanSaver tries to cut BWTS uncertainty

11 Feb 2013
OceanSaver’s ballast water treatment system can be configured in advance for 10% of the cost, allowing ‘plug-in’ installation guaranteed to meet future legislation

OceanSaver’s ballast water treatment system can be configured in advance for 10% of the cost, allowing ‘plug-in’ installation guaranteed to meet future legislation

OceanSaver is offering shipowners what it calls a “10% investment, 100% certainty” deal on its ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).

The scheme being pioneered by the Norwegian company offers owners and shipyards the chance to configure newbuilds for simple installation of a BWTS at a later date, a move that the company says removes the risk of investing in what might prove to be an unsuitable or ineffective system in advance of the final entry into force of the IMO Convention.

For 10% of the cost of its current BWTs, OceanSaver will fit base components, including pipework, power supply, bedplates and connections, to allow the actual type-approved system to be simply ‘plugged in’ later when required. Tor Atle Eiken, OceanSaver senior vice president sales & marketing, believes this offer to be genuinely attractive when set against the current confusion surrounding the BWTS issue.

“IMO’s BWT mandates are looming large on the horizon,” he explains, “with all tonnage required to comply with the legislation and fit systems by 2016. However, several key territories are yet to ratify these ;IMO treaties, creating uncertainty – not to mention the potential for major system installation bottlenecks - right across the industry. As a result, many shipowners are simply delaying planning for compliance… a dangerous game to play when the future operation of their vessels is at stake.”

He explains that once configured, ships are essentially future-proofed. If the conventions are ratified, as expected, systems can be fitted quickly, minimising downtime resulting in lost revenue and cutting the high cost of drydocking.

Shipowner Foremost Group has already contracted with OceanSaver to configure two bulk carriers for future system installation. Preparation work is due to take place during 2013 allowing the main installation to be undertaken during the first dry docking, or according to the final IMO rules and regulations.

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