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Euronav to retrofit seven tankers with Ecochlor BWMS

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Tanker owner Euronav has approached Ecochlor to retrofit seven suezmaxes and VLCCs with ballast water management systems (BWMS), with an option for 30 more Ecochlor systems between 2020-2024.

Three of the Euronav ships will be retrofitted with the Ecochlor BWMS with flow rates of 8,000 cu m per hour, but will still only require one treatment system. Ecochlor said this option offers Euronav a cost effective and efficient means to install and then treat ballast water onboard their vessels.

“Our system is both easy for the crew to operate and offers Euronav a compliance reliability guarantee for every one of these BWMS operating around the globe for the life of the vessel,” said Steve Candito, ceo of Ecochlor.

Euronav said it took them seven months to select a BWMS provider before deciding on Ecochlor. The Ecochlor BWMS is particularly well-suited for mid-sized to the large ships.

Zois Dagkaris, procurement & logistics manager at Euronav, commented: “The fact that the Ecochlor Service Technicians will be onboard our vessels approximately two times per year handling chemical resupply and their availability to provide preventative maintenance and supplemental crew training is considered a plus for ensuring proper functionality of the system and close follow up.”

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The Ecochlor BWMS uses a two-step treatment process to treat ballast water – filtration followed by chlorine dioxide. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration. There are also no treatment or neutralisation requirements with the Ecochor system on discharge.

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