BWMS systems installed without disrupting service

Seatruck Progress Seatruck began installation of the Optimarin Ballast System onboard the 5,300 DWT Seatruck Progress (pictured) in November last year
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Five ballast water management systems (BWMS) have been installed without interrupting vessel operations.

Freight ferry operator Seatruck carried out the Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) installations on its own vessels while they were undertaking normal operations, removing the need for dry docking.

Seatruck fleet director, Ben Coppack, said: “We wanted Optimarin systems because of their track record of quality and approvals, but also because, with their modular nature and operational simplicity, they’re easy to install.”

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The roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cargo specialist services three routes linking Ireland and the North of England and runs a fleet of 10 ferries ranging in capacity from 65-150 trailers, with over 60 weekly departures.

This regular sailing schedule, between set ports, ensured the firm could call on local contractors to ‘hop on and off’ and carry out whatever engineering work the crew themselves couldn’t manage.

Mr Coppack added: “As a short sea operator we had the goal of carrying out all the work while the ships were in service, with no downtime, thus keeping costs as low as possible.”

Seatruck began installation onboard the 5,300 DWT Seatruck Progress in November last year. The remaining four systems were installed between January and September this year.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of a shipowner installing this number of systems themselves while their vessels are in service,” commented Optimarin CEO, Tore Andersen.

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