Marintec China 2015

Marintec ChinaTouted as the premier gateway to the Asian maritime market, the biennial Marintec China provides a platform for suppliers to showcase their latest marine, ship design, offshore engineering and ballast water treatment technology. The event now attracts over 1,700 exhibiting companies from 32 countries around the world.

The 2015 installment takes place December 1 – 4 in Shanghai, and three of our partners will be exhibiting.

  • GEA will be in Hall N2, Booth D11-04. Visit them to see the Trojan Marinex BWT 250 unit.
  • Damen will be in Hall N1, Booth D49. Visit them to hear more about their one-stop-shop retrofit solutions.
  • Specs will be in Hall N1, Booth H61-10. Visit them to hear more about their ballast water treatment services and support.

We look forward to seeing you in China!

A Look Into Damen’s 3D Scanning & Engineering Capabilities

Our ballast water treatment systems are part of Damen’s One-stop BWT Retrofitting Service – a comprehensive service that assists vessel owners in the selection, installation and service of ballast water treatment systems. From selection to surveying, all the way to installation, the holistic solution that they provide helps simplify the process for owners.

Retrofit Solutions

The advantage of the BWT Retrofit Service is that Damen can provide a true one-stop-shop. They have many yard facilities, including 40 dry docks, located around the world. So if a vessel is coming in for its special survey at the point that the installation of a BWT systems becomes mandatory, they can do both at once, providing a single turnkey solution.

Preparation is key for a successful retrofit project, and that’s why Damen is following a well-defined process which includes an on board survey, 3D scanning and engineering. The video below gives a great overview of these capabilities. In it you will see the Trojan Marinex BWT 250 installed in a horizontal configuration.

Andrew Daley Part of Speaker Lineup at 11th Annual BWMTech

BWMTech conferences provide a platform for shipowners, ship yards, system manufacturers and government regulators to share ideas and strategies about ballast water treatment. The 2015 UK conference takes place December 8 – 10 at the Congress Centre in London.

Andrew Daley, Trojan Marinex Product SpecialistWhat’s New At BWMTech This Year?

  • Andrew Daley (Trojan Marinex Product Specialst) is part of the speaker lineup – his talk will focus on ballast water treatment OPEX
  • USEPA will be discussing the VGP monitoring plan and best practices
  • The IMO will be providing an update on the BWM Convention
  • Testing facilities will be discussing the USCG type approval standards and their procedures for shipboard and land-based testing

coffeeThe Coffee’s On Us

We’re sponsoring the coffee breaks on day 1, so be sure to visit the barista and order your favorite Trojan Marinex-branded beverage. Here’s the menu; our personal favorites are the BW Tea, Type Approved Hot Chocolate, and UV Espresso.

We look forward to meeting you in London!

Highlights From The 2014 Event

We attended the 2014 event, and found it to be quite insightful. Watch this video to hear what other attendees had to say.

Answers to Your OPEX Questions

OPEX vs CAPEXWith the wide array of ballast water treatment technologies and solutions on the market, not only should vessel owners assess a manufacturer’s ability to achieve United States Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval, they must also carefully consider operational expenditure (OPEX).

Here are six questions and answers that should help as you continue to evaluate various ballast water treatment system suppliers.

1. How prominently should OPEX figure into the buying decision vs. capital expenditures (CAPEX)?

  • The answer depends on the expected operational life of the vessel. Annual operational expenses can range from 3% to more than 15% of the capital cost of the treatment equipment. A significant portion of these expenditures only occur in later years when replacement and maintenance of the equipment become necessary, so owners deciding to keep a vessel for more than 3 – 5 years should consider OPEX as an important factor.

2. What important advantages do various technologies provide that minimize OPEX?

  • All technologies have operational benefits that can minimize OPEX. For instance, Electrochlorination systems can be very efficient at delivering the necessary dose when ballasting seawater, and a few are designed to reduce electrode scaling by using triple tube electrode (TTE) technology to lengthen the time between cleaning. Alternatively, UV systems are not affected by salinity or temperature, which allows for consistent and reliable performance in all ports. Furthermore, the Trojan Marinex BWT system is equipped with TrojanUV Solo Lamp™ Technology. Typical medium-pressure lamps have a life expectancy of 4,000 hours. The Solo Lamp, however, has a life expectancy of beyond 10,000 hours of ballast water treatment operation, which is equivalent to 10+ years.

3. Compliance is the driving force for installing a ballast water treatment system. Are there specific compliance costs that shipowners should be aware of?

  • Compliance costs may include regular calibration of equipment sensors and recurring sampling of the ballast water discharge to evaluate the levels of active substances and disinfection by-products. The USEPA’s 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) specifies a monitoring schedule for residual biocides sampling of two to four times per year, tested independently, submitted as reported and not averaged, and annual calibration of monitoring equipment. This dual-compliance requirement for all active substance systems (biological and residual biocide monitoring) increases the cost of compliance over physical treatment methods (e.g., UV) and is an additional consideration when evaluating technologies.

Ballast Water Treatment OPEX - UV vs. Electrochlorination

4. Planned replacement of consumables or equipment is an important consideration when evaluating OPEX. How should a shipowner seek confidence that these expenses are accurate and representative?

  • Technology is best proven in the field, but the reality is that few ballast water treatment systems are currently in operation, and disclosure of any operational information has been limited. In light of this, relevant data should be provided by the manufacturer that demonstrates the system’s expected performance based on years of testing, experience during the Type Approval process, and track record in other applications. Life cycle testing of critical components is becoming standard practice in the marine industry, and many manufacturers may be able to share the degree of which they stress-tested their technology to support the proposed replacement schedule.

5. Unplanned maintenance can greatly impact OPEX. What are some risk areas that shipowners should be aware of?

  • Anticipating problems requires a degree of familiarity with the equipment and knowledge of what can go wrong. All systems attempt to remain clean during operation, but over time, scaling, biofouling, and sediments can accumulate on critical components and inversely affect performance or prevent treatment. Similarly, high concentrations of active substances can, over time, cause premature seal failure or adversely affect ballast tank coatings and ballast piping systems. A regular inspection program is necessary to identify early warning signs and resolve issues.

6. Periodic cleaning may be important to maintain the performance of a ballast water treatment system. What environmental conditions will impact the frequency of cleaning?

  • Similar to other marine equipment, periodic cleaning of the equipment may be necessary to maintain performance over the life of the system. Since ballasting rarely takes place in clear marine waters, systems will treat water with sediments, contaminates, and high organic loading that may exceed the capacity of the system. The combination of heavy sediment and biological material loading has been known to affect filters and disinfection equipment uptime, and should be considered when ballasting to signal potential problems.

Hopefully this Q & A was helpful. If you have any additional questions about OPEX, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Europort 2015

Exhibiting at trade fairs, such as Europort, gives us a personal platform to tell our story, explain our technology, and show vessel owners exactly how we’ve integrated filtration + UV into a single, compact unit. It also gives us the opportunity to discuss the BWM Convention and USCG Type Approval process.

Europort 2015The 37th edition of Europort takes place November 3 – 6 in Rotterdam. Bringing together all sectors of the maritime chain under one roof, this event provides a great opportunity to showcase innovation and connect to the wider maritime community. 30,000 maritime professionals from 84 countries are expected to attend this year.

We often unite with our partners at events like this, and this year at Europort you will be able to find us and our 150 m3/h display unit in the GEA booth (1402).

We look forward to seeing you in Rotterdam!

Juha Kiukas Part of Panel Discussion at ACI’s Ballast Water Management Summit

Juha KiukasThe upcoming ratification and enforcement of regulations is requiring vessel owners to thoroughly evaluate their plans for achieving compliance and short-list preferred providers. The cost of installation for existing vessels can often be greater than the cost of the treatment system, so managing this upfront expense is imperative.

At ACI’s 13th Ballast Water Management Summit (October 22 – 22, 2015 in Rotterdam), Juha Kiukas – our European Sales Director – will be taking part in a panel discussion about ballast water treatment system installation, maintenance, operation and troubleshooting. During this discussion, Juha will provide vessel owners with actionable information that can be used when evaluating systems.


The inaugural KORMARINE was held in 1978; since then this exhibition has established itself as a major international marine event. The 2015 installment (October 20 – 23 in Busan, Korea) promises to be the largest to date, with an estimated 1,390 companies from 55 countries set to attend. We will be there alongside two of our channel partners, GEA (booth 4R17) and Specs (booth 5Q03), and our 250 m3/h and 500 m3/h units will be on display. If you’re attending the show, please stop by to learn more about our ballast water treatment systems.


Ulusoy Selects Trojan Marinex BWT Systems For Retrofit Project

Ulusoy vessel.We are proud to announce that Turkey-based Ulusoy Denizyollari Isletmeciligi A.S. has selected the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system to retrofit 12 vessels, including bulk carriers. The project was secured in conjunction with Trojan Marinex Turkish channel partner Esko Marine.

“Being the first in the world to have submitted for United States Coast Guard Type Approval, we are committed to providing vessel owners the certifications they need to not interrupt their business of trade,” says Christian Williamson, Senior Vice President, Trojan Technologies. “Ulusoy required not only regulatory compliance confidence but also a solution that was both compact and seamless to operate, minimizing disruption to the vessel and crew. We are very pleased to be able to meet their needs.”

As the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM) inches closer to ratification, and as United States Coast Guard compliance timelines approach, vessel owners looking to retrofit their vessels are in search of BWT systems that are inexpensive to install, provide flexibility in treating challenging water qualities, and provide the certifications necessary to allow trade anywhere in the world.

Ulusoy vessel.Ulusoy Denizyollari Isletmeciligi A.S. has been in the shipping industry for over 30 years, now having a fleet of both Roll-On / Roll-Off (RORO) vessels and bulk carriers. Growth continues due to their focus of providing value-added services to their customers and their relentless pursuit of conforming to all international regulations.

“Trojan Marinex is able to offer a highly valued solution – compact, low-power draw systems, an integrated service network, and compliance confidence,” explains Mesut Cesur, General Manager, Ulusoy Denizyollari Isletmeciligi A.S. “We are impressed with their commitment to obtain United States Coast Guard Type Approval, and strongly feel that their systems are the best fit for these twelve vessels.”

Trojan Marinex BWT system testing was conducted under the supervision of DNV – a certified Independent Lab (IL) by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Testing was conducted in accordance with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Protocol. The ETV protocol is a key testing requirement for systems to obtain USCG Type Approval. The system is tested and approved to one of the lowest UV transmittance values in the industry, under full flow conditions, and in all three salinity ranges – fresh water, brackish water, and marine water. The entire product suite has achieved IMO Type Approval and USCG AMS Acceptance. In March 2015, a formal application for USCG Type Approval was submitted – this was the first application in the industry.

>> Read the full press release

Danish Maritime Fair 2015

We are looking forward to uniting with our channel partner GEA at this year’s Danish Maritime Fair. Danish Maritime Fair is part of Danish Maritime Days, which takes place October 5 – 9. This event connects the Nordic maritime cluster with global industry players, enabling companies of all sizes to present and promote themselves their products and services.

Our Trojan Marinex BWT 150 will be on display in the GEA stand (M2B). We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen!
Danish Maritime Fair

Hurtigruten Benefits From Compact BWT System

Hurtigruten’s MS Fram was built, in 2007, with one mission in mind – to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. However, she wasn’t necessarily built with ballast water treatment in mind. So when the time came to install a system, space was at a premium.

Hurtigruten’s MS Fram.

Hurtigruten was in need of a system that would not only fit on their vessel, but also ensure global compliance in the future. And time was of the essence, as the system needed to be installed during drydock, prior to the vessel embarking on summer voyages to Greenland.

A compact unit – that can fit through access holes and in a pump or engine room – is a must. Our units are up to 50% smaller than others in the industry, and certain parts, such as the inlet, are removable.

Hurtigruten looked to GEA (our ballast water treatment channel partner) for a solution. After careful consideration and needs assessment, our compact 250 m3/h system was selected. The system was shipped to the vessel in April 2015.

Hurtigruten was in need of a system that would not only fit on their vessel, but also ensure global compliance in the future.

“In this case, we chose GEA as our partner because we believe in the logical simplicity of their system. Also, we have good experience on existing products such as separators and with the GEA service organization in Norway,” says Frode Hernar, Technical Director at a Hurtigruten AS in Tromsø.

The retrofit is now complete, and the MS Fram has set sail. You can follow her course here: