Norwegian Cruise Lines consults Foreship on BWMS

Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017
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Foreship has secured a new consultancy contract covering the first post-Ballast Water Convention treatment systems to be specified by Norwegian Cruise Line.

It calls for independent naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy services to ensure installations on five NCL ships are fully IMO-compliant.

“Environmental responsibility is a core value for NCL, and we welcomed the clarity brought by entry into force of the BWM Convention,” said Giovanni Canu, VP technical operations at Norwegian Cruise Line.

He added: “Work to install compliant BWMT on Norwegian Dawn began within a month of ratification. Foreship quickly showed their value in ensuring the project proceeded smoothly to class requirements, leading us to extend to five ships. We need to manage BMTS installations effectively fleet-wide; there will be high demand once shipping moves decisively on compliance.”

After an initial project for class approvals on Norwegian Dawn, Foreship will provide the same service for the Norwegian cruise ships Pearl, Sky, Jade and Spirit.

Foreship’s full scope includes mechanical and electrical design work to DNV-GL requirements, taking in diagrams for BWTS foundation support structures, piping routing, machinery arrangements, cabling diagrams and systems integration.

We are an independent consultancy and recommend shipboard systems in the configurations which are most beneficial for each ship,” said Kim Palén, operations manager at Foreship.

He concluded: “In the case of NCL, Alfa Laval’s PureBallast 3.1 BWMS had already been selected, with switchboards and automation cabinets also common across the ships, so we have taken a unified approach.

Nevertheless, our technical background reports have shown that flexibility is required to take account of variations between different vessels: even sister ships can become more like cousins after different service and refurbishment histories.”

The Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017.

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