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Green Marine Technology

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Mounting risks of BWTS non-compliance for shipowners

By Tom Perlich, President and Founder ing to keep up with the demand?” of Ecochlor Ecochlor has actively and aggressively pursued Classi? cation and Type Approv-

The IMO recently announced that the als, with the expectation to ? nish land- combined ? eet tonnage of the ratifying based and shipboard USCG Type Ap- countries is still not suf? cient to reach the proval testing in Q1 of 2016 and plans to 35% necessary to ratify the Ballast Water submit the application upon receipt of the

Management Convention (BWMC). Pan- report from the Independent Laboratory. ama, whose ? eet has suf? cient tonnage to Ecochlor has been standardizing manu- reach the threshold, announced in early facturing and production to increase the

January that they were con? dent their current build capability from 180 annu- parliament would ratify before the IMO’s ally to meet the escalation in need for the

Marine Environment Protection Com- future. Additionally, the installation pro- mittee meeting in April. If this occurs, the cess is ? exible; it can be performed with

BWMC would enter into force 12 months a riding crew, eliminating the need for a after Panama’s rati? cation. scheduled dry dock.

Currently, 32 manufacturers have sub- In January 2016, Ecochlor signed an mitted a “Letter of Intent” to perform agreement with Drew Marine to provide

USCG Type Approval testing. To date, logistics support for the resupply of BWTS only three have completed testing and precursor chemicals at select ports world- submitted an application to the USCG; all wide, as well as offer technical support to “Shipowners should investigate well in ad- Navis Marine Consulting & Engineering. of which use ultraviolet (UV) technology. ships ? tted with the Ecochlor technology. vance the feasibility of retro

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