ERMA FIRST and Oslo based Golar LNG have agreed to install a Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) on up to 16 LNG vessels in 2018.
With the first drydocking scheduled for the second quarter of 2018, the programme will continue until the end of 2022, according to the shipping company’s dry-docking schedule.
Oistein Dahl, COO at Golar LNG stated:
“We decided to install ERMA FIRST BWTS, which is designed and produced in Greece, starting at an early stage which provides us with certain commercial and financial advantages, including availability of equipment, minimization of downtime, unrestricted worldwide trading in the following years and the financial benefits of a block order”
The shipping company also added that it has cooperated with ERMA FIRST over the previous months to enhance and adapt the system to the company’s vessels.
ERMA FIRST BWTS received the United States Coast Guard (the USCG) type approval certificate in October 2017 and became the first full flow electrolysis kit to receive the US Coast Guard type approval - more info.
The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entered into force on September 8, 2017; and under the rules of the IMO convention, all ships engaged in international trade are required to manage their ballast water to avoid the introduction of alien species into coastal areas, including exchanging their ballast water or treating it using an approved ballast water management system.