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Thursday
May052016

Ecochlor Completes All Land-Based and Shipboard Testing for USCG Type Approval

From Kathie Clark at Ecochlor: 

May 2, 2016 - Ecochlor, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of all land-based and shipboard testing at the Golden Bear Facility (GBF) in preparation for submission of the application for USCG Type Approval. The system was verified in all three salinities, 5 test cycles each, for a total of 15 consecutive and successful cycles to meet the USCG requirements.

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Monday
Mar212016

IMO Ballast Water Convention May Not Need More Ratifications to Go Into Effect

To become binding on the world’s merchant fleet, the IMO standards for ballast water management must be ratified by countries that constitute 35% of the world’s shipping tonnage. This has been on the verge of occurring for some time. When last updated by the IMO, the percentage was over 34%. IMO usually updates the tonnage percentage yearly, but has switched to updating its flag state fleets database monthly. An article in Ballast Water Treatment Technology posits that as a result, it is possible that normal daily variations in flag state tonnages could mean that the 35 per cent threshold has been transcended. See, http://www.ballastwatermanagement.co.uk/news/view,ballast-water-convention-may-not-need-more-ratifications_42188.htm.

Wednesday
Mar162016

USCG Sector Boston Prevention Training on Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment Systems

DCDR Doliner, Katie Weaver of Ecochlor and LT Rebecca Miller, USCGOn Friday, March 4, 2016 Katie Weaver, Ecochlor Technical Sales Manager, presented an “all hands” training session on the Ecochlor BWTS (ballast Water Treatment System) USCG Type Approval process for USCG Sector Boston active duty, civilian and auxiliary personnel from the Prevention Division. A second session that day included a 20-minute presentation covering a case study about the recent retrofit installation of the Ecochlor BWTS on a U.S. flagged merchant vessel. 

See, http://ecochlor.com/uscg-boston-sector-training-on-ecochlor-bwts/

Wednesday
Feb102016

Verrill Dana Mourns Passing of Peter Bollier

Verrill Dana mourns the passing and celebrates the life of Peter Bollier, who passed on Friday, February 5.  His many accomplishments include his leadership role at Ecochlor, where his vision, management and leadership skills were a main driver in the growing use of ballast water treatment technology, which will result in his legacy including enhanced protection for Earth’s oceans from the scourge of invasive marine species. Our condolences to Peter’s family and his colleagues at Ecochlor. The obituary published in today’s Boston Globe is at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=peter-j-bollier&pid=177662617&fhid=6737.

Tuesday
Dec152015

Ecochlor BWTS Selected by Liberty Maritime

Congratulations to Verrill Dana client Ecochlor, Inc. The Ecochlor® Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has been selected for installation onboard the fleet of vessels managed by Liberty Maritime Corporation (Liberty), a New York-based commercial shipping company which operates 9 U.S. and foreign flag vessels. The Ecochlor® BWTS uses a two-step process to treat ballast water – filtration followed by disinfection with the well-known biocide, chlorine dioxide. The system’s effectiveness is not impaired by variations in salinity, temperature, turbidity, organics, and vibration, which can impact other treatment options. Liberty’s vessels provide efficient and dependable international ocean transportation services for humanitarian cargo; U.S. government and military cargo; as well as commercial cargo. Ecochlor’s selection reflects Liberty’s cornerstone management philosophy of protecting the environment, its mariners and clients. See, The Ecochlor® Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has been selected for installation onboard the fleet of vessels managed by Liberty Maritime Corporation (Liberty).