Commercial Application of First Japanese-made
Ballast Water Management System, JFE BallastAce
-The First Retrofit of a BWMS among Japanese Carriers-
June 24, 2010
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
JFE Engineering Corporation
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president: Yasumi Kudo) has announced that it will install a ballast water management system1 called JFE BallastAce,2 which was developed by the JFE Engineering Corp. (JFE Engineering; head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president and CEO: Sumiyuki Kishimoto), on one of its pure car carriers, Emerald Leader. JFE BallastAce will be the first Japanese-made system to reach commercial application after receiving type approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The system is to be installed on Emerald Leader at Universal Shipbuilding Corp.’s Innoshima Shipyard while the vessel is undergoing dry-dock work in August 2010.
As part of NYK’s commitment to protecting the global environment, the company began a study of installation of ballast water management systems (BWMSs) on its ships before the ballast water management convention3 takes effect. A subsidiary of NYK, the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), had also participated in joint testing of the JFE BallastAce system with JFE Engineering from the demonstration test stage. NYK selected the JFE BallastAce for implementation after its study concluded that the system offers total effectiveness, including reliability and future potential, on the vessel. This JFE system will be the first BWMS to be installed on an NYK fleet vessel.
The JFE BallastAce system provides a superior mix of three functions—seawater filter elements, chemical agents,4 and Venturi tubes5—for treatment of aquatic organisms and bacteria contained in ballast water. The system realizes treatment reliability, ease of equipment layout, and excellent safety for the crew and environment at a low cost. JFE BallastAce is available in a complete product lineup, from small-scale units to a 3,500m3/h system that boasts the world’s largest treatment capacity in a single unit, enabling installation on ships of any size.
Based on its experience with Emerald Leader, NYK plans to conduct a successive study of installation on other ships the company owns and manages, and will continue to contribute actively to protection of the environment. JFE Engineering will provide full, detailed technical service and after-service to clients in the shipping and shipbuilding industries, and expects to receive further orders for the new system.