Ballast Water Management

Ballast Water Management

Unrivalled expertise and experience since 2009

Our specialists have been assisting shipowners with Ballast Water Management globally since 2009 - with a consistent dedication to impartiality throughout.

Helping Shipowners Select the Optimum BWMS Solution

Powered by our BAL-SELECT algorithm

With so many BWMS options available, selecting the wrong solution for a partocular vessel can be disastrous.

With no ties whatsoever to any BWMS manufacturer, Cleanship is one of the only consultancies able to provide genuinely impartial advice on BWMS system selection.

Our bespoke BAL-SELECT powered feasibility studies match your vessel’s operating parameters to the best fit BWMS – removing the risk of selecting the wrong system.

The BAL-SELECT system is an in-house developed multi-criteria decision making algorithm designed to facilitate a more efficient, and highly objective, comparison of potential BWMS options for a specific vessel, based on 12 key comparison markers and over 10 years of industry experience.

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Cleanship has experience of over 250 retrofit projects across all manner of vessel types - from coastal bulkers to VLCC's and everything in between.

Leading the Way on Retrofit Engineering Design Studies

Cleanship has invested significantly in developing an efficient retrofit engineering design workflow.

Our unique combination of intelligent 3D design software, enables us to very quickly, and accurately, design directly within the 3D laser scan data obtained from the vessel – ensuring we are designing into an as-built condition, to millimetre accuracy.

Our intelligent software enables automatic output of 2D drawing packages – ensuring the highest level of quality control.

Our experience in assisting shipowners and operators in achieving ballast water management compliance is unrivalled.

We Understand Common BWMS Retrofit Challenges

With over 10 years of experience in helping shipowners select and install BWMS, our team have been integral to the identification and resolution of many of the main BWMS retrofit challenges.

Selecting the wrong BWMS for a vessel can be catastrophic. In some cases, an erroneous decision can result in significant loss of deadweight capacity, or, in worst case scenarios, detentions due to lack of efficient treatment. It is for this reason that we developed our BAL-SELECT feasibility studies – to help guide shipowners through the selection process, and remove the subjectivity.

During Cleanship Turnkey BWMS projects, we engage with class societies from engineering to commissioning to mitigate any issues with approval. From the beginning of the project, we agree a Quality Control Plan outlining project scale and delivery schedule, detailing intermediate class observed milestone checks, system test and quality checks. As per this Quality Control Plan, we work with class to make time for all equipment and corresponding certificates to be checked before any fabrication takes place. This additional stage helps safeguard the projects from future non compliance issues related to engineering design or equipment grade and quality, giving the seal of approval to progress with fabrication and installation. In addition, during turnkey projects we issue clients with a Final Quality Data Book for further assurance of quality standards throughout the project.

The next step in any design process is prefabrication. Yet many designs do not take the prefabrication stage into consideration, often leading to overdesign or even designs which are impractical in reality. The Cleanship team designs with prefabrication in mind, with our design engineers frequently working onsite alongside prefabrication teams to aid in their continuous development of best practice. 

Frequently, there are multiple suppliers involved in a single retrofit, with the shipowner’s PM responsible for the dispersing of information across all suppliers. However, inevitably changes occur throughout the duration of the project. Ensuring that each party has the most up to date information can be a mammoth task which is hugely time consuming. Often vital pieces of information can be buried under threads of emails, leading to delays or additional costs as the project commences. To mitigate this, Cleanship offers a turnkey retrofit service where our experience project managers can streamline the flow of communication through a single network ensuring that progress is made smoothly. Shipowners then have a single, stable point of contact throughout. 

Ballast water retrofits are still relatively new projects for many yards. As with anything new, there are invariably initial problems as learning takes place. Our supervision teams are familiar with not only the retrofit process but all of the industry leading BWTS on the market. Having cultivated effective working relationships with leading manufacturers, we are continuously kept up to date on any system tweaks and can help mitigate this causing problems further down the line. Our team can remain on site to assist with queries, drawing revisions or approval by class. 

By designing in 3D first, Cleanship ensures the highest level of quality control, and impressive efficiency in production of 2D drawing packages for Class Approval and Installation.

Turnkey Projects - Taking Care of Compliance

Cleanship offers a groundbreaking turnkey retrofit service – combining our retrofit engineering capabilities with our global turnkey fabrication and installation network.

Cleanship manage all aspects of the retrofit project, delivering a fully installed, commissioned and class approved retrofit project to our clients around the world.

Our flexible network of global fabrication and installation partners allows us to offer highly flexible turnkey solutions to suit any particular vessel location – without the expensive overhead of in-house labour. 

As a multi-disciplinary partner, we support owners throughout the lifecycle of the BWMS. We use our knowledge of each project stage to inform the next.

Cleanship BWMS Service Range

Vessel Survey & 3D Laser Scan
An experience Cleanship surveyor will meet your vessel at a location and time which best fits with your trading patterns, to undertake an initial vessel survey, and capture appropriate 3D laser scan data, to aid in the retrofit engineering stage.
BAL-SELECT Feasibility Study
Our compliance and retrofit specialist teams will conduct a full BAL-SELECT feasibility study, with input from the client, to determine the most objectively suitable BWMS options for the vessel. Where an owner has already selected a BWMS, this study can be focused more on conceptual layouts of the system within the installation space.
Retrofit Engineering Design Study
Our team will undertake the full retrofit engineering design package - including all aspects of pipework, structural and electrical - delivering a comprehensive drawing package for installation and Class Approval.
Class Approval
Our dedicated Class Approval liasion team can work on an owners behalf, liaising directly with the relevant Class Society through to final Approval.
Installation Supervision
Our experienced retrofit engineering team can also attend during the physical installation of the BWMS - to provide priceless support to ensure the installation goes smoothly, and in accordance with the design package.
Operational Training
Cleanship fully understands that compliance can only be achieved when all crew are fully trained, which is why we offer bespoke online training solutions for crew and shore based staff.
Optional - Turnkey Project
Cleanship can undertake all aspects of BWMS compliance on a turnkey project basis - providing peace of mind to our clients.
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Chris McMenemy

CEO & Industry BWMS Expert