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Following the announcement earlier this month that BWC and Erma First have agreed to collaborate, it now means BWC is able to offer their containerised Ballast Water Treatment solution in a range of technologies.

Ballast Water Containers CEO, Richard Lawson commented: “We are now delighted to be able to offer our containerised system in a choice of technologies so that the solutions we offer are tailored to the specific ballast water treatment requirements of our clients.”

Pre Fabricated BWC Deckhouse Render
BWC’s pre-fabricated, pre-installed, integrated deck house ballast water treatment system.

Mr Lawson continued: “Whether our clients want a BW treatment system in a pre-fabricated, pre-installed deckhouse for a ship or a containerised system for a barge, it now means we can offer UV, Electrochlorination or Chemical Injection as the treatment technology inside our units.”

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BWC has collaboration agreements with the above listed BW treatment system manufacturers.

About BWC
Ballast Water Containers Ltd, based in Glasgow, Scotland, has pioneered ballast water management compliance for the shipping industry by developing containerised BWT systems that are suitable for retrofit, sharing or as port-based solutions; offering unparalleled choice to the shipping and barge industries. BWC currently collaborates with the following BWT manufacturers: Erma First, Alfa Laval, Ecochlor, Optimarin and Wartsila. All BWT solutions provided by BWC are available with US CG type approval.

For more information about BWC, visit the company website.

BWC and ERMA FIRST Agree to Collaborate

Image of a skid-mounted ERMA FIRST Ballast Water Treatment System

BWC and ERMA FIRST have agreed a collaboration which will increase the Ballast Water Management options available to the shipping industry.
Ballast Water Containers CEO, Richard Lawson commented: “We were delighted to be contacted by ERMA FIRST and after working closely with their technical team over the past 3 months we are now extremely pleased to be able to offer a containerised version of the ERMA FIRST FIT system. A ship owner can now reduce yard installation time and achieve a better control of their budget by ordering a pre-fabricated, pre-installed BWC ERMA FIRST container or deckhouse.”

Konstantinos Stampedakis, Managing Director at ERMA FIRST S.A., stated, “We are very eager to start our cooperation with Ballast Water Containers and we are proud to have such a well established company as a part of our team. Our aim has always been to satisfy our customers offering them innovative, high quality systems and services. In this sense, we believe that this containerised version of our system will facilitate our clients as well as the installation process.”

About ERMA FIRST
ERMA FIRST provides innovative Ballast Water Treatment Systems according to the latest legislation and has a prestigious reference list comprised of ship-owners and shipyards worldwide. ERMA FIRST BWTS FIT is an advanced modular system suitable for newbuild vessels or retrofits and holds USCG Type Approval, Final Approval by IMO and Class Type Approval.

For more information about ERMA FIRST, please visit the company’s website here.

About BWC
BWC Ltd, based in Glasgow, Scotland, has pioneered ballast water management compliance for the shipping industry by developing mobile containerised BWT systems that are suitable for retrofit, sharing or as port-based solutions; offering unparalleled choice to the shipping and barge industries.

For more information about BWC, visit the company website.

Malin Events recently hosted the UK’s first ever dedicated Barge Owners Seminar in Glasgow, with industry experts covering a variety of topics within the barge industry including technical challenges, commercial opportunities and  environmental requirements facing the industry over the next 5 years.

Richard S. Lawson, CEO of Ballast Water Containers presented Ballast Water Management – Alternative Compliance Solutions.

Richard’s presentation offered a number of alternative methods of compliance which can be considered when a traditional BW treatment retrofit proves to be financially or technically challenging.

The seminar which was well received by an audience of barge owners throughout Europe, was followed by a tour of two ballast water treatment systems which were on display at the Malin Group HQ in Glasgow.

The seminar was the first to take place under the Malin Events umbrella, an entity Malin Group plans to take forward as a knowledge sharing platform within the Marine Industry.

Visit www.malingroup.com/events for a detailed description of the seminar speakers and topics.

Richard Lawson Presentation 2 (With Branding)
MIS Drinks Reception Group Photo (With Branding)

PR-BWC-revised-ISO

Management System of Ballast Water Containers
now conforms to:


Quality Management System standard ISO 9001:2015

Environmental Management System standard ISO 14001:2015

Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard
OHSAS 18001:2007

“For a new company like BWC to achieve these key industry standards at this stage in its development is a measure of the progress we are making here in Glasgow. We are delighted that the hard work of the BWC team has been recognised.”

Richard S. Lawson, CEO Ballast Water Containers Ltd.
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BWC and Ecochlor agree strategic collaboration

BWC and Ecochlor have agreed to a strategic collaboration which will increase the Ballast Water Management options available to the shipping industry.

Ballast Water Containers CEO, Richard Lawson commented: “BWC have been impressed with Ecochlor’s unique BWT technology and we are delighted that we can now offer a mobile containerised version of the system. Our clients, whether ship owners, barge owners or port service companies will now benefit from having a mobile version of the Ecochlor® Ballast Water Treatment System.
Ecochlor concept (Side View)
Ecochlor President, Tom Perlich stated: “We are pleased to be working with BWC and believe their methodology will be welcomed
by regulators around the world and satisfy a vital portion of the ballast water treatment market.”

About Ecochlor

Ecochlor, Inc. provides shipowners with cost effective, environmentally safe ballast water treatment solutions that comply with all enacted and proposed standards and regulations. The Ecochlor® BWTS uses a two-step process to treat ballast water – filtration followed by disinfection with the well-known biocide, chlorine dioxide.

The Ecochlor system is highly efficient because all treatment takes place at the ballasting stage, with no additional treatment required prior to discharge. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration, which can impact other treatment options.
Furthermore, the small size, low power, and low maintenance characteristics of the Ecochlor system make it ideally suited for installation on the world’s largest ships.

For more information on the Ecochlor® BWTS, visit the company website.

About BWC

BWC Ltd, based in Glasgow, Scotland, has pioneered ballast water management compliance for the shipping industry by developing mobile containerised BWT systems that are suitable for retrofit, sharing or as port-based solutions; offering unparalleled choice to the shipping and barge industries.

For more information about BWC, visit the company website.

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BWC complete containerisation project for the Wärtsilä Aquarius® Ballast Water Management System

BWC have successfully delivered a containerised version of the Wärtsilä Aquarius® AQ-250-UV Ballast Water Management System. US Coast Guard type approval testing of the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS® UV Ballast Water Management System will now be carried out using this containerised version of the AQ-250-UV.

BWC CEO Richard Lawson commented: “BWC is delighted to have completed this key project for Wärtsilä.”

Craig Patrick , Sales Director Wartsila BWMS added, “The successful project execution represents further cooperation between our two companies developing a reliable containerised ballast solution.”’

Containerised version of the Wärtsilä Aquarius® Ballast Water Management System

Containerised version of the Wärtsilä Aquarius® Ballast Water Management System

For further information, please contact:

Richard Lawson – Chief Executive Officer
Ballast Water Containers Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 141 285 0364
Email: r.lawson@malingroup.com

About BWC

BWC Ltd, based in Glasgow, Scotland, has pioneered ballast water management compliance for the shipping industry by developing mobile containerised BWT systems that are suitable for retrofit, sharing or as port-based solutions; offering unparalleled choice to the shipping and barge industries.

Website www.ballastwatercontainers.com

With 8th September fast approaching it means the long awaited ballast water management convention will finally come into force.

The recent MEPC 71st session reminded us that from 8th September all vessels, without an approved ballast water treatment system installed on board, are required to complete ballast water exchange (BWE).

The convention states that BWE shall be conducted in sea areas at least 50nm from shore and in at least 200m water depth, or in an area designated by the port States.

So if these geographical conditions cannot be met by a vessel and hence the vessel cannot complete BWE during the voyage, then what next?

The short answer is, this will be up to Port State Control.

A recently approved circular from MEPC 71 states that any vessels that cannot conduct BWE must contact the port authority for the purpose of confirming the availability of port based treatment systems or reception facilities.

As more ports and port service companies consider the installation of ballast water treatment facilities then the utilisation of a port based treatment system may prove to be the sensible solution (for vessels unable to complete BWE).

However for ports that will not have installed a port based treatment system or a ballast water reception facility, by the 8th September deadline, what are the options for vessels arriving in those ports, if BWE has not occurred during the voyage?

The MEPC 71 circular states that an alternative means acceptable to the port State could be used by the ship. In addition the circular encourages cooperation between the port authority and the ship operators to “seek a best way forward to ensure the protection of the marine environment and completion of the ship’s cargo operation in a safe manner”.

Port State Control, it’s over to you!

Ballast Water Containers (BWC) Limited is able to provide type approved mobile containerised ballast water treatment systems suitable for installation on ships, barges or at port facilities.

For more information please visit our website:

www.ballastwatercontainers.com

or contact:

info@ballastwatercontainers.com

Richard S. Lawson

CEO Ballast Water Containers Ltd.

Dear Reader.

For so long the barge and pontoon industry has been overlooked when it came to Ballast Water Compliance. However with recent articles, such as Cleanship Solutions recently published article titled, “Ballast Water Compliance Challenges – Barges & Pontoons”, this industry, which represents approximately 3% of the world’s tonnage, is finally being heard.

So now that barge owners are being heard they need to keep shouting and not just accept that they have to do as ships do.
How can barge companies continue to do business as normal and meet ballast water compliance requirements at the same time, without having to spend, spend, spend. This should be the starting point for barge owners. They must challenge manufacturers to provide a solution that fits their needs, not the needs of the other 97% of the world’s tonnage.
With detailed engagement between barge owners and manufacturers, both parties can work together to deliver tailored solutions, because one size certainly does not fit all when it comes to barge operations.

The technical and operational challenges faced by barge and pontoon owners is what drove Ballast Water Containers to develop the revolutionary BWC Seaforth – a mobile ballast water treatment system designed specifically for the barge and logistics industries.

The BWC Seaforth is designed around the treatment of sea-going ballast only – allowing existing operations to remain largely unchanged, and removing the requirement to retrofit high capacity ballast water treatment systems.

Having a mobile system means that a unit will only be deployed when the operation calls for treatment. If not required on a particular operation, the unit can be removed and then deployed on another vessel operating on a project that does require BW treatment. This mode of operation also leads to a significant CAPEX reduction on fleet wide compliance compared with retrofitting each vessel in the fleet.

The BWC Seaforth includes integrated automatic flow balancing technology to enable controlled ballasting or de-ballasting of multiple tanks, using multiple pumps. In addition the Seaforth Plus model includes integrated continuous compliance monitoring equipment, which continually samples the discharging ballast water, comparing it against the applicable legislative discharge standards and logging all data for post-discharge analysis.

Further information on the BWC Seaforth and other BWC products is available at: www.ballastwatercontainers.com

Ballast Water Containers is dedicated to the development of innovative mobile ballast water management compliance solutions for the marine industry – offering vessel owners and operators alternative, cost efficient methods of compliance.

Kind regards,

Richard Lawson
CEO
BWC Ltd