Ballast water service extends across eight EU ports
Ship owners are now able to treat their unmanaged ballast water or load cleaned ballast water in eight different Northern EU ports using Damen’s IMO certified InvaSave ballast water management treatment service.
In a cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), this ballast water reception/bunkering service will be available in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brest, Dunkerque, Vlissingen, Den Helder, Stellendam and Harlingen.
“Our goal is to build up a reliable worldwide ballast water service network,” said Philip Rabe from Damen Green Solutions.
“Since the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention was enforced on the 8 September 2017, some ship owners are already facing delays in ports due to unmanaged ballast water.”
He pointed out that Damen’s ballast water bunkering service can accept both accept used ballast water for disposal, as well as fill up ballast water tanks with certified clean water at the port of departure, eliminating the need for ballast water exchange.
No more delays
Mr Rabe said that the service will offer benefits to many more clients.
He added: “Vessels that use an on-board treatment systems and saltwater to make free chlorine will not always be able to function in freshwater ports such as Amsterdam. These vessels would need to load hundreds of tonnes of seawater to operate their on-board systems – and as a consequence, will lose precious cargo capacity.”
“Using the InvaSave ballast water treatment service in the port, vessels can load clean, D2 standard, ballast water at the quay without the need to operate their own on-board treatment systems.”
Damen Green Solutions is in talks with several other ports and harbour service providers around the world to offer the InvaSave service.
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