Safe Bulkers Inc announced an agreement with Greece-based, Erma First, to install a Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in all its vessels.
The BWTS of Erma First is the first full flow electrolysis system to have received the United States Coast Guard (the USCG) type approval certificate in October 2017. The company engaged with Erma First intensively to optimise and adapt the system for its ships.
The first installation of the BWTS is expected to take place during the dry-docking scheduled for first quarter 2018. The installation on all Safe Bulker vessels and related capital expenditure is expected to be expanded over a period of five years.
The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention was adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and came into force on September 8, 2017.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted a similar regulation for ballast water treatment on January 1, 2016. Both organisations have provided certain extensions for BWTS installation for various reasons, including type approval.
Safe Bulkers’ president, Loukas Barmparis said, “We decided to install in all our vessels Erma First BWTS, which is designed and produced in Greece, starting at an early stage.”
“It provides us with certain commercial and financial advantages, including availability of equipment, minimisation of down time, unrestricted worldwide trading the following years and the financial benefits of a block order,” Barmparis said, while announcing the agreement on Wednesday.
Safe Bulkers is an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, transporting bulk cargo, particularly coal, grain and iron ore.
Sea News, November 9