“We look forward to working with both Maran and Anangel to retrofit their fleet of vessels and continuing to support their efforts in satisfying regulatory compliance,” said Ecochlor president Tom Perlich, in what could be one of the under-statements of the year.
He was commenting on the fact that Ecochlor has won a contract to retrofit an approved ballast water treatment system to 36 Angelicoussis dry bulk carriers and tankers. The value of the deal has not been reported, but it may be the largest ever awarded in the ballast water sector.
The bones of the deal are that USA-based ballast water treatment system manufacturer, Ecochlor is to retrofit 36 vessels, including Suezmaxes, Aframaxes, VLCC tankers, and Minicapes and Capesize dry bulk carriers for the Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited (ASGL).
Installations are expected to commence on a rolling basis and be completed between 2018 and 2020 in shipyards in Singapore, Dubai, Qatar and China.
Greek-owned company ASGL has a well-established track record in shipping dating back to 1947. The Angelicoussis Group fleet is comprised of bulk carriers, tankers and LNG vessels (and was recently the subject of a shipowner’s interview in sister publication LNG World Shipping).
Maran Tankers Management (MTM) manages the tanker shipping unit. In 2001, Anangel Maritime Services Inc (AMSI) was appointed to manage the bulk carrier fleet of ASGL.
Ecochlor chief executive Steve Candito remarked, “Having both IMO and USCG type-approval were very important factors in the selection process by ASGL. Our expertise as well as the system’s ease of use and reliability are critical issues to shipowners as they look for manufacturers that are absolutely committed to making sure their vessels are in compliance with BWT regulations now, and for the life of the vessel.”
Over the past two years, the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System has been installed on dozens of tankers with ballast water flow rates ranging from 750 to 6,000 m3/hr. These installations were on product tankers, Aframax Tankers and Suezmax tankers at shipyards in China, Croatia, Romania, Portugal and Turkey. Currently, there four tanker retrofits, and two bulk carrier newbuild installations being undertaken in China.