Finland’s marine equipment manufacturer Wartsila is poised to ramp up the capacity of its annual production of ballast water management systems (BWMS) at its China facility in Suzhou, in anticipation of increased demand ahead of the IMO regulation.

Ballast water treatment (BWT) system manufacturer Optimarin is to offer global servicing and spare parts through an agreement with Goltens Green Technology.

The product tanker market is going through challenging conditions but a combination of factors could see a bounce back towards the end of the year leading ceos in the scetor believe.

Singapore’s shipyard group Sembcorp Marine has penned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Italy’s De Nora for the supply and installation of De Nora’s ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) at its yards.

Norway is offering credit to international shipowners who buy retrofit systems such as ballast water management from Norwegian suppliers.

The Al Khattiya LNG carrier that was damaged in a collision earlier last week week remains in Fujairah and must have a “residual” amount of LNG removed before it can be repaired. 

ClassNK has seen a significant number of owners conducting special surveys earlier than scheduled pushing back the requirement to install ballast water management (BWM) systems until the end of the decade.

A trio of companies, AkzoNobel, DroneOps and Barrier Group, have teamed up to develop a drone capable of remotely inspecting ballast water tanks and offshore wind farms. 

Wärtsilä is gaining traction for its ballast water management systems in China, announcing it has signed a manufacturing license agreement with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) unit Jiujiang Precision Measuring Technology Research Institute.

Optimarin has become the first Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) manufacturer to get type approval from the US Coast Guard.

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