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The 10 Step Guide to Selecting a Ballast Water Management System

Selecting the most suitable ballast water management system (BWMS) for a specific vessel is a critical, and often, underestimated task. With over 50 commercial systems available, operating on numerous combinations of different technologies and treatment processes, the suitability of any one system to a specific vessel cannot simply be presumed. The criterion for comparison of different systems for a specific vessel is not simply technical. Commercial considerations, operational requirements and through life and after sales support are all just as critical...

Open Loop Scrubbers – An Overview

With the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap deadline getting closer, owners and operators are faced with having to make a significant operational and commercial decision – whether to continue operating on low sulphur fuel, post 2020, or whether to finance the retrofitting of a scrubber system to the vessel. Depending on the type of scrubber selected, retrofitting the system to an existing vessel can be a complex and expensive process. Setting aside the significant capital cost of the technology itself, the engineering required to integrate the scrubber system...

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Invader Of The Week – The North American Comb Jelly Fish

The North American comb jelly fish is one of the most frightening examples of the damage a foreign invasive species transported by ballast water can cause. The invasion of The North American Comb Jellyfish in the Black Sea likely transpired through hitching a lift with departing ships from the American Atlantic coast in 1982. Extreme effects followed as the foreign species had no opposition in these waters...

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Ballast Water Compliance Challenges Series – Passenger Vessels

The Cleanship Solutions compliance challenges series is a suite of ground breaking resources dedicated to the specific ballast water management compliance challenges faced by unique vessel types. This edition examines the specifics of passenger ferries. Despite a comparative decline in the past decade, as international air travel has become more affordable...

Ballast Water Compliance Challenges Series – Bulk Carriers

Accounting for roughly one third of the entire merchant shipping fleet, bulk carriers are by and large the most significant vessel “type” of them all. Their optimised design ensures energy efficient performance in the transportation of bulk cargoes that are critical to economies worldwide. However, despite their popularity , bulk carriers are still, after 13 years of legislation and development of compliance solutions, faced with...