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Ecochlor opens new ballast water system factory

US-based Ecochlor reports the opening of a new factory in North Haven, CT for production of the chlorine dioxide generator for its ballast water management system (BWMS) in order to meet to what it calls “a significant upsurge in orders”.

The new factory will be exclusively used for production of the generators by ProFlow, Ecochlor’s manufacturing partner, bringing its production space to over 30,000 sq ft. Incorporation of LEAN manufacturing processes means production time has been reduced by 25% and productivity increased, according to ProFlow.

“The additional production cells and work space in the factory, along with increased staffing, has allowed ProFlow to more than double our delivery capacity from last year,” said Ecochlor Steve Candito, with the company now able to deliver over 200 units per year.

The Ecochlor BWMS uses a two-step treatment process – filtration followed by chlorine dioxide - and has received both IMO and USCG Type Approval. It is described by the company as as being crew-friendly, with low power consumption, and well-suited for mid-sized to the largest ships in the world.

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Earlier this month Ecochlor announced a retrofit contract with Alaska Tanker Company covering BWMS systems on their fleet, including VLCCs plus an option for one additional vessel. The installations will start in autumn this year and run through 2021 at Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore.