Ballast water management system (BWMS) maker SunRui has won what it believes is the largest single BWMS order yet placed in the global ballast water market. It will supply its BalClor BWMS for 89 vessels operated by NYK, Japan’s largest shipowner. The Chinese manufacturer’s BalClor system uses a combination of filtration, electrolysis and electrochlorination.
The agreement, which was announced today (24 July), was signed in Tokyo on 9 July by SunRui director, Fu Hongtian and NYK president Tadaaki Naito. Precise details of the ships involved were not included in the announcement, which said that VLCCs, large bulk carriers, large container ships and chemical tankers were among the vessels involved.
Deputy general manager and chairman of SunRui’s parent company, the Chinese shipyard group CSIC, Jiang RenFeng, said during the signing ceremony that he would like further co-operation between CSIC and NYK for both newbuildings and repairs.
He was responding to remarks by Mr Naito, who had said that NYK was pleased to co-operate with CSIC and its subsidiaries and paid tribute to SunRui for its success in the global BWMS market.
Since 2013, the two companies have been co-operating on NYK’s newbuildings and retrofits, the statement said. “SunRui will make great efforts to ensure the correct execution of NYK projects and provide better and qualified service to global clients,” the statement said.