Alaska Tanker Company (ATC) is to retrofit the Ecochlor ballast water management system (BWMS) on board three of its VLCCs with an option for a fourth vessel.
The installations will start in the fall of 2019 and run through 2021 at the Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore.
Alaska Tanker’s fleet of four U.S.-built, U.S.-flagged VLCCs is time chartered to carry all of BP’s Alaska North Slope crude oil. Through Contracts of Affreightment (CO’s) and cargo exchanges, ATC has also performed crude oil deliveries for Conoco-Phillips and ExxonMobil.
The USCG Type Approved Ecochlor BWMS is approved for installation in both U.S. flag and International vessels in hazardous areas rated Zone 1 or Zone 0.
Steve Candito, CEO at Ecochlor said, “Alaska Tankers has a reputation of shipping oil with the utmost concern for personnel safety and environmental protection. They have a ‘culture of responsibility, accountability at all levels’ and we are proud to have been selected by a vessel owner with such high standards. I look forward to our ongoing relationship ─ providing BWMS and after sales service with the excellence in performance that they demand.”
“We have been diligently evaluating BWMS to find one that will suit our needs ─ specifically a system that not only unfailingly meets the U.S. Federal and State environmental compliance standards, but one that is easy to operate and will keep our crew safe,” said ATC CEO Anil Mather. “Crew safety and environmental protection are of paramount concern to ATC and we expect the same from our operational partners. Further, ATC recognizes its responsibility to the citizens of the U.S. West Coast States, including Alaska. Thus, our ships must not only meet and exceed environmental standards, they must do so reliably to ensure that there is no interruption of critical oil supplies. Ecochlor understands these requirements and has agreed to work with us to ensure we meet these high standards,.”
The Ecochlor BWMS uses a two-step treatment process – filtration followed by chlorine dioxide. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration. The automated system is crew-friendly, has low power consumption.