Mastermind Shipmanagement and DESMI Ocean Guard have signed a frame agreement for the supply of 13 BWMS
Mastermind Shipmanagement (MSM) has selected DESMI’s CompactClean ballast water management system (BWMS) for installation on its owned fleet consisting of dry bulk, break-bulk, multipurpose vessels and cement carriers.
Most of the ships will be retrofitted with the new CompactClean Bulker that is optimised for bulk carriers and other vessel types that can benefit from increased flowrate when discharging ballast water. The bulker solutions also enables optimised performance when the BWMS is operating in IMO-regulated waters.
Mastermind Group founder and owner Captain Eugen-Henning Adami explained, “We selected DESMI for three good reasons. First, ballast operations always go along with cargo operations. However, ports are bottlenecks in our advanced logistics transport chains and vessels are not allowed to spend time for repairs in ports,” he said.
“With the growing seaborne trade, ports need to turnaround ships even faster. It is imperative the BWMS is reliable and works by pressing a button just like the chief officer started the ballast pumps in the past. With their decades of experience in manufacturing ballast pumps, DESMI designed a simple and durable system, which is inhouse assembled, tested, and verified as a European product,” he said.
He added the second reason was that MSM is very much focused on its carbon footprint. “We combine the BWMS with inhouse-developed energy-saving technology which offsets the DESMI electricity demand. With this combination, MSM aims to become carbon neutral during ballast operation.”
The third reason was MSM and DESMI joined forces to make the engineering, class approval, installation, crew training, and after-sales performance monitoring fast, efficient, and reliable.
“The large DESMI network is a real asset. Navkratis, the local partner in Cyprus, has deep knowledge in marine engineering, which helped MSM in all aspects in the jungle of rules, regulations and technical solutions to find the product our seafarers deserve to get”.
DESMI commented, “The fleet of ships owned and operated by MSM is designed to meet future environmental standards, and as such, the ships are well prepared for installation of a BWMS.”
“Most of the installations are to be carried out during navigation of the vessel, which imposes extra challenges on the BWMS to be retrofitted. The BWMS must be simple and easy to install, but must also be reliable and easy to operate. Therefore, we are very proud that MSM decided to install the CompactClean BWMS after a very careful evaluation process,” explained DESMI Ocean Guard chief executive Rasmus Folsø.