Classification services provider ABS has successfully launched the ballast water management systems (BWMS) selection service to support designers, shipyards, owners and operators in the selection of a solution, according to their requirements.

The BWMS selection service is a multi-step process which starts with the ABS operational and environmental performance (OEP) team, which evaluates the vessel design and characteristics, trading patterns and specific regulatory requirements.

"This allows us to prepare an in-depth analysis of potential options to allow owners and operators to select a system that is best-suited for their vessel or fleet."

Furthermore, the information acquired will be compared against an extensive database of available BWMS and original manufacturer support networks to help select and deliver systems that meet regulatory requirements and feasibility for installation in specific vessel designs.

ABS asset performance management senior vice-president Howard Fireman said: "Our team has spent considerable time with ballast water management system manufacturers and conducted extensive research on the design and performance of these systems.

"This allows us to prepare an in-depth analysis of potential options to allow owners and operators to select a system that is best-suited for their vessel or fleet."

For each BWMS, ABC also provides a comparative review of operational and maintenance considerations to help the vessel owners and operators in the selection of better solution.

On 9 September at the Environmental Compliance panel of the Global Maritime Environmental Congress at SMM in Hamburg, Germany, ABS senior environmental consultant Debra DiCianna will present the latest developments in ballast water management.

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