Ecochlor has secured the ballast water management system (BWMS) retrofit contract for US-based Alaskan Tanker Company’s (ATC) three very large crude carriers (VLCC).
Under the contract terms, ATC will retrofit the Ecochlor BWMS on-board its fleet of three VLCCs. The contract also includes an option for one additional vessel.
The Ecochlor BWMS can be installed in both US Flag and International vessels in hazardous areas through their US Coast Guard-type approval certification.
Set to begin this year, installations will continue through 2021 at the Sembawang Shipyard located in Singapore.
ATC CEO Anil Mather said: “We have been diligently evaluating BWMS to find one that will suit our needs – specifically a system that not only unfailingly meets the US Federal and State environmental compliance standards, but one that is easy to operate and will keep our crew safe.
“Crew safety and environmental protection are of paramount concern to ATC and we expect the same from our operational partners. Further, ATC recognises its responsibility to the citizens of the US West Coast States, including Alaska.
“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.”
ATC’s vessels are used to carry crude oil from Alaska to US West Coast refineries, particularly in the Pacific Northwest areas such as California and Washington.
These areas are specifically designated in the new VIDA legislation signed late in 2017 for strict requirements.
Ecochlor secured a contract in July from Scorpio Tankers to supply its BWTS for 55 product carriers.
The crew-friendly Ecochlor BWMS uses a two-step treatment process and has low power consumption. It is suitable for mid-sized to large ships.