Ballast Water Management

The industry's only full spectrum compliance solution

Are you ready to embark on achieving compliance for your fleet?

Not all BWMS retrofit companies are truly impartial...

but Cleanship Solutions is....

Since 2012, Cleanship Solutions has helped over 30 shipowners and almost 50 individual vessels achieve compliance with ballast water management legislation. Our 100% impartial advice and assistance in identifying the most suitable technologies for specific vessels (by examining all of the options), coupled with our comprehensive retrofit capabilities, allows us to offer the full spectrum ballast water management compliance solution.

And our dedication to being shipowner & operator’s trusted advocate drives everything we do as an organisation…

We are the only retrofit engineering company offering the full spectrum of compliance

Engineering is the how, Cleanship Solutions has always been about the why...

And driving that why is one fundamental truth – that existing compliance solutions make achieving compliance almost impossible. Afterall, simply engineering and installing a BWMS or Scrubber does not guarantee compliance. Which is why Cleanship Solutions is the only engineering partner dedicated to offering all aspects of the compliance spectrum. From knowledge building right through the entire process, to ongoing training, with Cleanship Solutions, shipowners can rest assured that their compliance partner is dedicated solely to achieving compliance.

We are relentless about maintaining 100% impartiality

Cleanship Solutions has no commercial agreements with any ballast water management or exhaust gas scrubber system manufacturers – ensuring we are one of very few consultancies able to offer truly impartial, independent compliance advice.

Using our wholly objective, multi-criteria decision making software, BAL-SELECT, we examine all compliance options for every vessel – comparing the suitable systems on 12 complex comparison markers, to ensure the most objective recommendation is found.

We tailor our retrofit services to suit each client...

Whether our client is at the early stages of ballast water management system selection, or looking for a turnkey retrofit service, Cleanship Solutions can tailor its service range to suit.

We employ a reliable, flexible and proven retrofit process

Cleanship Solutions operates a proven and reliable retrofit process which offers our clients significant flexibility in their retrofit requirements. Our retrofit process has been carefully designed to enable shipowners and operators to get to an investment decision making point, fully informed of their compliance options, with minimal up-front feasibility costs (less than 1% of total retrofit costs).

In order to understand the technical implications of potential ballast water management systems or exhaust gas scrubbers onboard, the first step in our retrofit process is undertaking a vessel survey and 3D laser scan.

Our in-house team of highly experienced naval architects, marine & design engineers can mobilise at short notice to undertake vessel surveys and 3D laser scans onboard vessels globally. Our surveys generally cause no disruption to the vessel.

Our highly detailed 3D laser scanning equipment provides us with an accurate representation of the potential installation areas onboard, whilst our comprehensive technical checklists ensure our engineers capture all required data and drawings in order to undertake the second stage of our retrofit process – the feasibility study & system selection.

The second stage of our retrofit process is tailored to each vessel, and is designed to examine, analyse and objectively identify the most suitable BWMS or Scrubber option for the specific vessel.

Our feasibility studies incorporate our BAL-SELECT software, a comprehensive system comparison – comparing the available systems on a purely objective basis – including CAPEX, OPEX and technical, as well as corporate viability. We compare all available systems on the market to ensure owners and operators are presented with an unbiased set of recommendations.

Our technical analysis is not merely based on technical information provided by manufacturers. Instead, we utilise the findings and 3D laser scan data obtained during a vessel survey, to undertake conceptual 3D modelling of the options available, and truly build a thorough understanding of the practicalities of retrofitting systems onboard.

Utilising state of the art 3D engineering software, combined with our extensive capability of undertaking and post processing 3D laser scanning onboard, enables Cleanship Solutions to carry out quick and efficient retrofit engineering packages, even on the most complex of retrofit projects. Indeed. Cleanship Solutions prides itself on assisting owners and operators of complex vessels in achieving retrofit compliance.

Our retrofit engineering & design outputs provide owners & operators with a comprehensive drawing and design package, suitable for a variety of uses:

  • Class Submission – for approval of retrofit design & proposed installation
  • Fabrication – full fabrication drawing package for structure, pipework & electrical
  • Procurement – comprehensive BOM (bill of material) for procurement purposes
  • Installation – overview and layout drawings for retrofit installation

With drydock time and budgets limited, Cleanship Solutions fully understands the necessity to ensure any retrofit installation is carried out efficiently. With our extensive experience of a range of retrofit projects, we ensure that the majority of new structure and pipework is designed for pre-fabrication, leaving only a small number of closing pieces to be finalised during installation.

From experience in a variety of turnkey retrofit projects, Cleanship Solutions can undertake the procurement and pre-fabrication of any required elements of a BWMS retrofit project, including:

  • BWMS & associated equipment
  • Pipework fabrication
  • Structural fabrication
  • Electrical procurement & bespoke manufacturing

Indeed, our in-house fabrication capabilities enable us to offer a highly competitive service for all aspects of fabrication. We can also delivery the entirety of the procurement and fabrication package to the vessel or shipyard forease of installation thereafter.

Our retrofit expertise and capabilities don’t stop at retrofit engineering. Indeed, Cleanship Solutions offer market leading retrofit installation services – including turnkey ballast water treatment retrofit projects.

Combining our own in-house (Malin Group) installation personnel, with a network of key partners worldwide, all under supervision of highly trained and experienced project managers, Cleanship Solutions can undertake retrofit installation projects whatever the scenario, including:

  • Riding Squad – providing qualified, experienced riding squads for retrofit installation worldwide
  • Quayside – full installation teams & associated mobile equipment/manufacturing facilities for installation during quayside stay
  • Shipyard / Drydock – working in conjunction with the shipyard, Cleanship Solutions can provide comprehensive shipyard based retrofit installation

All of our installation teams are highly trained specialists in their respective disciplines, and experienced in the idiosyncrasies of retrofit installations. Our global partners are all fully audited under our approved ISO:9001 and ISO:18001 QAHSE system, to ensure quality standards match our own.

For vessel owners / operators looking to contract a drydock to undertake the physical retrofit installation work, during a scheduled drydocking, Cleanship Solutions offers flexible project management and site-supervision services. Our highly trained and experienced project managers can undertake all aspects of onsite supervision of the retrofit scope, working with the yard, ensuring that all installation is carried out per the approved design package, and protecting an owner’s best interests.

Our project management services can also be applied to newbuild projects, where owners are concerned about the installation of the new ballast water treatment system, or exhaust gas cleaning system.

Cleanship Solutions, through cooperation within Malin Group, can offer a range of ballast water treatment system commissioning services for both vessel owners / operators, and ballast water treatment system manufacturers.


Whether it be newbuild installation, or retrofit installation of ballast water treatment systems, Cleanship Solutions can provide a range of ballast water treatment system commissioning planning and oversight services. Contracting an independent commissioning supervision entity provides owners / operators with peace of mind and an independent witness that the ballast water treatment system has been retrofitted correctly, and is functioning as intended.


With the anticipated growth of the ballast water treatment market, Cleanship Solutions is offering ballast water management system manufacturers a range of third party ballast water treatment system commissioning services, including:

  • Commissioning Planning – comprehensive commissioning planning & assistance with commissioning strategy on niche or unique vessel types
  • On-site Commissioning – third party commissioning teams to undertake commissioning services and assist manufacturers with coping with anticipated industry demand
  • Commissioning Witnessing – Independent third party commissioning witnessing for yard / retrofit installations

Global Experience &Project Execution

Cleanship Solutions is experienced in completing retrofit projects globally, with our efficient and seamless approach. Initial surveying and 3D scanning can be undertaken anywhere in the world, at a place and time convenient to the vessel, whilst our flexible on-site project management teams can mobilise fabricators, installers and labour from our key network of global partners to complete installation wherever is required.

Get in touch now to discuss your Ballast Water Management compliance challenges

Tel: +44 (0)141 285 0363

Sam Lee - One of Cleanship Solutions BWMS Retrofit Specialists