“Greek shipowners are important to us because they operate one of the world’s largest fleets and focus on the market sectors in which we specialise – big tankers, bulk carriers and LNG vessels,” said Andrew Marshall, chief executive of Coldharbour.
With the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention coming into force for existing vessels in September 2019 in addition to newbuildings Coldharbour sees the ballast water treatment sector finally picking up.
“We are in the final stages of a successful ballast water treatment installation for one of our key Greek clients, and we are in negotiations with several other potential customers in this important market,” Marshall said.
While the retrofit market is now picking up as the deadline starts to loom the manufacturer also sees promise for newbuilding related equipment orders by Greek owners.
“The retrofit market is also very important to us, but we note that the Greeks are active once again in contracting new ships,” Marshall said. “If history has taught us anything, it is that Greek owners have excellent timing and are usually ahead of the game. Following at least two years of minimal ship orders, we expect the level of contracting to pick up again in the months ahead.”
Coldharbour Marine is exhibiting at Posidonia 2018 on Stand 4.203.