DFDS inks BWMS fleet deal with DESMI

Under the terms of the fleet agreement between DFDS and DESMI, a few vessels will be retrofitted with CompactClean 750 systems, similar to the installation pictured. (Photo credit: DESMI). Under the terms of the fleet agreement between DFDS and DESMI, a few vessels will be retrofitted with CompactClean 750 systems, similar to the installation pictured. (Photo credit: DESMI).

Denmark-based ferry company DFDS has signed an agreement to retrofit its existing fleet of vessels with Denmark-based DESMI’s UV CompactClean ballast water management system (BWMS).

The agreement between DFDS and DESMI covers more than 40 ferries. The vessels will be retrofitted between early 2020 and the end of 2024. Most of the vessels will be retrofitted with either a CompactClean-340 or a CompactClean-500 system, with maximum flow capacities of 340 m3/h and 500 m3/h respectively. A few vessels will be retrofitted with higher capacity CompactClean BWMS with 750 m3/h or 1000 m3/h capacities.

“DFDS is a very well respected company and one of the global leaders in ferry operation. Therefore, we are particularly proud that after a very careful evaluation and selection process DFDS decided for installation of the CompactClean BWMS on its entire existing fleet. With the very small footprint, ease of operation and completely chemical free treatment of the ballast water, CompactClean is a good and safe choice for passenger ferries, and we look very much forward to begin the implementation across the DFDS fleet,” explains Rasmus Folsø, CEO of DESMI Ocean Guard A/S.

The CompactClean BWMS consists of an automatic backflushing filter, a UV unit, valves, sensors, and controls. This system automatically generates PDF reports that document all the performed ballast water treatment, in a format that is suitable for submission to local port state authorities and others. The system also includes a pump that can be used as a stripping pump under ballast stripping operations, addressing a challenge for BWMS installations.

DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean BWMS received IMO revised G8 Type Approval in September 2018.

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