EUMT Techcross Scandinavia consultant Per Nykjaer Jensen calculates 35,000 vessels still require ballast water management system (BWMS) retrofit installations over the next 40 months
“We have 40 months to do so, equal to 875 retrofit installation per month,” he said in a video posted on YouTube which can be viewed below this article.
He noted that the current rate of BWMS retrofit installations will need a considerable acceleration in activity. Based on the above calculations, the required level of BWMS retrofit installation activity is 700% more than the current level. He warned that to achieve anything close to that level will require a considerable adjustment in prices.
The accelerated rate of retrofit installation will require the installation time to be shortened, and he warned this might impact installation quality.
“Can the industry cope?” he asked. He had no answer but he did note, “The market will give room for (BWMS) manufacturers, shipyards and naval architects who have very little experience in installing ballast water systems, therefore risking the quality of the end product,” he said.
His takeaway was for owners to enter into fleet agreements with BWMS manufacturers now for installation at quality shipyards with quality naval architects.
He recommended this approach be undertaken now, even if it is 24 months before the planned installation date. “This would be the safest way forward to secure the prices, delivery times and the quality of your retrofit projects,” he said.
Per Nykjaer Jensen will be speaking during Ballast Water Webinar Week, 22-24 June 2021. Register here.