Scorpio Tankers has signed a contract with ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer Ecochlor to retrofit 55 systems to its product carriers.
The carriers to be retrofitted will range in capacity from 38,000 to over 100,000 DWT. Installations are expected to begin in Q4 of 2018 and continue to the end of 2022.
Ecochlor’s BWTS is a two-step treatment process that includes filtration and treatment with ClO2. The filtration system removes sediments and larger organisms, while the Chlorine Dioxide Treatment System eliminates smaller organisms and pathogens. It is effective for all aquatic species including zooplankton, phytoplankton, algae, microorganisms and pathogens and viruses, regardless of turbidity, salinity or temperature.
The system meets or exceeds both IMO D2 and USCG standards and is suited for installation to all ships, particularly mid-sized to large bulkers and tankers.
Scorpio Tankers will also become a minority investor in Ecochlor.
Emanuele Lauro, chairman & CEO of Scorpio Tankers said: “We are delighted to be working with Ecochlor, given their best-in-class technology. Reliability and quality were primary considerations for us, given our commitment to safeguard the environment and complying with the complex regulatory guidelines for ballast water treatment.”
“We are honoured to have been selected by Scorpio Tankers as their BWTS compliance partner and welcome Scorpio Tankers as a shareholder in our company,” added Steve Candito, CEO, Ecochlor. “Scorpio Tankers has a reputation of being a leading owner and operator in the tanker industry. Their commitment to excellence along with the superior efficacy of our treatment system and lifetime commitment to servicing their vessels will guarantee compliance for their fleet worldwide.”