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SCHIFFSTECHNIK | SHIP TECHNOLOGY BWMS market prepares for retrofit rush 2022 promises to be the hottest year in the retrofit market for Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). Manufacturers have prepared for that by developing easy-to-install solutions. By Felix Selzer The technology for Ballast Water Management Systems has matured, whether owners opt for UV, electro chlorination or for other treatment technologies. »Now, we get into the mature phase of the ballast water retrofit market,« Maxime Dedeurwaerder, Business Unit Director Bio-Sea, tells HANSA. »While some owners with strong resources can buy system components and services from different suppliers, many are interested in turnkey solutions,« he says. Besides the system itself, the French company offers design and integration along with documentation updates and certification – »the whole package«. »We do outsource some jobs, but we take the responsibility,« says Dedeurwaerder. This approach is supposed to be simpler for the client while, at the same time, it provides high quality and security and thus reduces the overall risk. But Dedeurwaerder emphasizes that it is still no-onesize-fits-all solution but tailor-made engineering. Following increased shipowner demand for turnkey BWMS retrofit solutions, the group has added 3D laser scanning and modelling to its engineering and design services. This is intended to reduce the time for installation in drydock. The digital scanning of a ship’s compartment generates a 3D image from which engineers can find the optimum Decoupled IOPP renewals cause BWMS installation bottlenecks Before the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention originally came into force in September 2017, many owners renewed their vessels’ International Oil Pollution Prevention certificates ahead of time. By decoupling the IOPP from the special survey cycle, they won five years until reaching the compliance deadline. Thus, 2022 will see the bulk of BWMS retrofits. BWMS makers prepare for it by offering retrofit-friendly solutions. Simplified and compliant ballast water management with SKF BlueSonic BWMS Handle ballast water with ease • Single mode for IMO and USGC territories • Low maintenance – clever combination of ultrasound and UV • No use of chemicals or by-products • Suitable for all salinities • High integration flexibility • Global network for quick service and spare parts Details and insights can be found at: ® SKF 44 is a registered trademark of the SKF Group. | © SKF Group 2022HANSA – International Maritime Journal 02 | 2022

SCHIFFSTECHNIK | SHIP TECHNOLOGY site for its system and develop more detailed engineering to expedite class approvals and installation, explains Florian Cortes, Technical Director Bio-Sea, Bio-UV Group. »We are working in a very competitive market. Since there is no return of investment of ballast water treatment systems, we have to be competitive,« adds Dedeurwaerder. The company has recently brought its M-Series system to the market, which is very compact and has low height requirements for the installation space. M-Series is a multi-lamp UV reactor designed specifically for flow rates of up to more than 2,100m3/h. The modular system is particularly interesting for vessels that need only low flow rates such as OSV, yachts, small cargo ships or research vessels. »We are also servicing a lot of last minute needs and can supply the system in eight weeks or less,« says Dedeurwaerder. The company is located near Montpellier in France and has its production also in Bio-Sea offers 3D scanning as part of its turnkey retrofit service Europe – an advantage in times of disrupted supply chains. As a next step, in 2022 Dedeurwaerder wants to »complete the full circle« through partnerships with system integrators and installation companies. © Bio-Sea One size fits all Greek company Erma First is also expecting 2022 to be the busiest year for BWMS installations, Sales Director Nikos Drimalas tells HANSA. To benefit from the expected BWMS rush this year, Erma First has expanded its range of BWMS by acquiring US-based company OneTank with their »simplified« ballast water treatment technology. The OneTank system promises to have the »smallest footprint at the lowest total cost of ownership,« says Drimalas. »There is no 3D scanning necessary, it is a one-size-fits-all solution,« he adds. The system has been developed for vessels that have limited space and power for BWMS and that are not highly depended on ballasting operations with one or few tanks. According to Erma First, it is compact, simple to use, and fully automated. It delivers a quick to install additional solution for HANSA – International Maritime Journal 02 | 2022 45

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