Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) are working together to help companies comply with Ballast Water Treatment and other environmental regulations that are part of the clean shipping movement.
Since the IMO-ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention last year, ship owners have been “left with no choice but to tackle their Ballast Water Treatment issues head on”, Damen Shipyards Group said.
The partnership enables Damen Green Solutions to deal with the work preparation and planning aspects of a Ballast Water Treatment System retrofit, while, DSC performs the project management and execution. This means all the components of the process can be handled in one contract, said Marcel Karsijns, managing director of Damen Green Solutions.Other clean shipping challenges that companies are facing include exhaust after treatment systems, known as scrubbers, and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) conversions.
DSC, which provides retrofits on scrubbers, has developed a modular approach to scrubber installation where some components are installed in the funnel and others on the deck to reduce the amount of work in the engine room. LNG engine conversions are also of interest due to the acceptance of LNG as an environmentally friendly ‘transition’ fuel. This is because the NOx, SOx and particulate materials within its emissions are deemed cleaner than other fuels, even though these emissions still contains significant levels of CO2.“The LNG industry is taking its first steps. Even though it is still at a small scale, we are seeing more and more enquiries,” stated Kees Jan Groen, commercial director at DSC. Mr Groen pointed out that green agendas can incorporate low-tech solutions too. He emphasised that getting a vessel into drydock to clean the propeller, and then cleaning and repaint the hull with antifouling can yield instant results in terms of fuel consumption.