Our good colleague George presented the [bluester] BWTS Finder @ the International Ballast Water Technology Forum in Shanghai yesterday. About 200 attendees from ship management companies, ballast water treatment system manufacturers, shipyards, repair- and consulting companies, classification societies and Chinese government officials gathered at the famous Sunrise on the Bund Hotel to discuss practical problems and implications of BWTS retrofit projects.
Representatives of the IACS Classification Societies presented on regulatory system and installation requirements, a selection of ballast water treatment system manufacturers elaborated on the advantages of different technology types in respect to vessel`s operational requirements and participants from technical advisors, shipyards and repair companies shared their experiences of completed retrofit projects. The importance of choosing a system matching a vessel‘s operational area was stressed by all parties.
Especially in this respect the [bluester] BWTS Finder received appraisal from attendees as a very handy and efficient tool to facilitate the comparison and evaluation of technical parameters of all the different manufacturer‘s models available on the market. The impartial nature of the BWTS Finder which solely compares vessel‘s technical requirements and conditions with technical parameters of available systems was acknowledged both by ship managers and system manufacturers as very helpful to match technical system demands and supply.
Special thanks go out to Benjamin Witt who, involved in the development of our tool from the very beginning, attended the conference from DNV GL Maritime Advisory and headed the Q&A session after George‘s presentation.