After months of deliberation, Euronav opted for Ecochlor ballast water management systems to be retrofitted to seven large tankers at N-KOM
Euronav’s fleet consists of ULCCs, VLCCs and Suezmax tankers with some of these vessels having the highest ballast water flow rates in the tanker sector. Ecochlor, a manufacturer of a two-step treatment ballast water treatment process that uses filtration followed by chlorine dioxide, has been contracted to supply seven Euronav Suezmax and VLCC tankers with a ballast water management system (BWMS). Three of the Euronav ships to be retrofitted with the Ecochlor BWMS have flow rates at 8,000 m3 per hour, but will still only require one treatment system The agreement comes with an option for Euronav to purchase an additional 30 Ecochlor systems for their vessels between 2020–2024.
“Ecochlor is a reputable BWMS provider. During a seven-month process for selecting a BWMS provider, along with engineering consultants, we concluded that the Ecochlor system concentrates the elements we believe will provide a reliable, straightforward solution for complying with regulations. The fact that the Ecochlor service technicians will be on board our vessels approximately two times per year handling chemical resupply and their availability to provide preventative maintenance and supplemental crew training is considered a plus for ensuring proper functionality of the system and close follow up.”
“This is all in support of the Euronav’s commitment to keeping our ships in compliance with BWMC regulations today and into the future for a sustainable ocean environment,” commented Euronav’s procurement and logistics manager Zois Dagkaris.
Ecochlor’s chief executive Steve Candito added, “We are pleased to work alongside Euronav to protect our oceans, in addition to providing them with a safe and effective alternative in ballast water treatment. Our system is both easy for the crew to operate and offers Euronav a compliance reliability guarantee for every one of these BWMSs operating around the globe for the life of the vessel.”