13 Feb 2019
Scottish ballast water management equipment specialists BWC and Greek counterpart ERMA FIRST have agreed a collaboration which will increase the ballast water management options available to the shipping industry.
The partnership involves the creation of a containerised version of ERMA FIRST FIT, an advanced modular system that was developed to exceed all the special installation requirements for newly-built vessels or retrofit projects.
Ballast water treatment systems neutralise a vessel’s foreign ballast water before arrival in a destination port to comply with recently-introduced international environmental standards.
Up until now certain vessels have struggled to meet the new regulations due to time and cost constraints associated with permanently fitting treatment systems.
However the new containerised system means owners now have an efficient and cost effective method of compliance. Containerised units housing the treatment systems can now be installed on deck - which saves installation time and reduces costs considerably as these mobile units can now be shared between vessels in a fleet on a project by project basis.
Richard Lawson, CEO of BWC - which is part of Malin Group, the Glasgow-based marine engineering company with a worldwide operation – said: “We were delighted to be contacted by ERMA FIRST and after working closely with their technical team over a three month period we are extremely pleased to be able to offer a containerised version of the ERMA FIRST FIT system. A ship owner can now reduce yard installation time and achieve a better control of their budget by ordering a pre-fabricated, pre-installed BWC ERMA FIRST container or deckhouse.”
Konstantinos Stampedakis, Managing Director at ERMA FIRST S.A - Piraeas-based with offices in Oslo and Shanghai - said: “We are very eager to start our cooperation with Ballast Water Containers and we are proud to have such a well-established company as a part of our team. Our aim has always been to satisfy our customers offering them innovative, high quality systems and services. In this sense, we believe that this containerised version of our system will facilitate our clients as well as the installation process.”
About Malin Group and BWC
Malin Group’s roots in the marine industry on the River Clyde in Glasgow can be traced back over 100 years, and the modern-day company provides experience and capability in project management, design, transportation, chartering, equipment and fabrication.
The Group’s naval architects, marine engineers and project managers provide experience and practical knowledge to assist clients on complex global projects. Malin Group’s specialist heavy lift shipping roots go back to the 1980s, with group company Henry Abram & Sons diversifying from ship delivery to heavy lift transportation, and the group then incorporated Malin Marine Consultants (Glasgow) in 2001, providing specialist technical support and naval architecture.
The Group, which now comprises six companies – the others being Malin Marine Consultants (Aberdeen), Malin Fabrication, Cleanship Solutions, Ballast Water Containers (BWC) and London-based Malin Integrated Solutions – is located in the iconic South Rotunda building on the banks of the Clyde.
BWC has pioneered ballast water management compliance for the shipping industry by developing mobile containerised systems that are suitable for retrofit, sharing or as port-based solutions, offering unparalleled choice to the shipping and barge industries.