Boom in ballast system Retrofitting

2021 brings strong utilization of our shipbuilding service area

In 2020, the Corona pandemic caused many ship conversions planned by our customers to install ballast water treatment plants to fail. Visits to the world-wide acting vessels were not possible, except for a few exceptions, due to reasonable safety regulations. Nevertheless, the special permits for ballast water management (ballast water treatment) by the US Coast Guard, expire in many cases promptly and lead to an extreme time pressure when installing the necessary equipment on the ships.

In close cooperation with the shipowners, e. g. with Hapag Lloyd, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, possibilities were sought to carry out conversions under difficult conditions during the voyage and during the port berths in addition to the few remaining shipyard times.

One example of the successful process is the “Tokyo Express.” A team of two service engineers carried out the expansion of our ballast water management system in 10 days on the voyage across the Mediterranean, from Valencia via Italy, France and back to Valencia. In addition to adaptations of the electrical systems and operating levels, interface tests with systems from other manufacturers, this included the addition of the computer-assisted ballast water logging system of Pleiger Elektronik, which greatly facilitates the documentation of ballast processes for charging officers. After the successful acceptance of the entire system by the responsible classification society (here DNV-GL), the journey to Central America and the west coast of the USA was started without delay.