Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment Technology

In order to protect our oceans from invasive and toxic species, the U.S. Coast Guard has required operators of commercial vessels to comply with standards for managing ballast water, which is added and removed to provide stability as ships load and unload cargo from port to port. This water can contain contaminants and non-native biological materials that wreak havoc in new aquatic ecosystems. With new ballast water regulations taking effect in the US and ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s Convention on Control and Management of Ballast Water and Sediments expected soon, purchase and installation of ballast water treatment system (BWTS) technologies is projected to be a $35 billion market over the next ten years.

Verrill Dana client Ecochlor has developed a superior ballast water treatment technology that received the Coast Guard’s Alternative Management System acceptance in a cost effective and environmentally acceptable way. Verrill Dana’s Maritime Group has assisted Ecochlor with the drafting and negotiation of contractual arrangements for providing its BWTS to new ship construction in China. Ecochlor’s program of establishing a global network for BWTS resupply and maintenance has involved us in our advising them on agency, chemical re-supply, maker’s list and distribution arrangements in locations including the US, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Greece. Finally, we provide legal “back up” in terms of interpreting and applying Coast Guard and other regulatory requirements.

Read more about this in Marine Log magazine.