Shipowners dragging their feet in installing ballast water treatment (BWT) systems in an attempt to save money could end up paying a much higher price in the long run, Newport chief executive says Shipping, Lianghui Xia.
So far, only 20,483 ships have installed or have on order BWT systems which are required to meet IMO ballast water discharge regulations, leaving around 35,000 ships still without these systems while the The clock is moving towards a deadline of 2024, according to the Clarksons World Fleet Register. .
Xia believes that shipowners can wait to perform BWT renovations to coincide with class renewal surveys and yard repairs for their vessels to minimize costs and downtime due to a stay at the yard.
Such facilities also present few economic incentives for owners as they are only required to obtain certification of conformity and do not improve efficiency or reduce vessel operating costs.
“But it is now increasingly urgent for shipowners to act, as an expected boom in demand for modernization of the BWT system over the next few years will create a serious bottleneck in the capacity of the yard, increasing the costs of the shipyard. price of equipment and installation work, ”Xia said.
“So there is a serious risk that homeowners will be forced to perform substandard renovations using less competent suppliers with a lack of after-sales support. “
Conventional wisdom among shipowners has tended to source the cheapest equipment to maximize profitability, but this could turn out to be a false economy due to the costs of maintaining the BWT system – or even replacement – possibly more. long-term high, according to Xia.
“The price of a BWT system is only part of the cost equation when selecting a supplier as a shipowner must also take into account the overall life cycle costs of the equipment , as well as the cost of the trip, the cost of retrofitting and the length of stay at the job site, “he says.
“It is important that shipowners choose a reputable shipyard and BWT equipment manufacturer with a proven track record of quality and delivery as well as a reliable service network, which has great long-term value. “
In response to the urgent need for BWT renovations, UK ship repair and refit group Newport Shipping has entered into an alliance with Norwegian ballast water treatment specialist Optimarin to deliver the latter’s high-quality BWT system.
The shipyard-supplier partnership offers dry dock availability via the global network of 15 Newport Shipping partner shipyards, as well as deferred payment conditions, for turnkey BWT renovations based on proven and reliable equipment supported by the Optimarin’s global after-sales network. It is also possible for shipowners to book site equipment and slots via the Newport Maritime Services portal.
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