Alfa Laval’s PureBallast 3 ballast water treatment system has been chosen by Oslo Stock Exchange-listed MPC Container Ships (MPCC) for 14 of its fleet of 65 inter-regional container ships
These have also been equipped with the data-driven PureBallast Connect service. “For new equipment like ballast water treatment systems, the possibility to remotely access the systems provides several benefits,” MPCC Verwaltungs managing director Philipp Niesing explained.
He has been responsible for overseeing both previous and upcoming PureBallast Connect projects. “It was important for us from the start that Alfa Laval could access and troubleshoot the systems remotely, to avoid deploying service technicians to cater for small needs. We want to have our systems ready for use and compliant at all times, so as to prevent issues with port state officers and interruptions to our customers’ routes and operations.”
Mr Niesing chose PureBallast Connect as a smart way to prevent downtime and reduce service costs; he also stressed the benefits for the crews on board MPCC vessels. “The crews are well trained, but we want to facilitate immediate crew support to the greatest extent possible,” he said.
“Crews are challenged to handle a range of sophisticated technologies on board, and connectivity provides an opportunity for prompt support in troubleshooting.”
Using PureBallast Connect’s secure online portal, superintendents can support vessels by following the parameters, conditions, and alarms of connected ballast water treatment systems. “If something happens, crews contact the superintendent, who will be able to see what actions can be taken,” said Mr Niesing.
“The superintendents are able to validate system performance themselves, and they can also take advantage of Alfa Laval’s expert knowledge. Having that access is important.”