Greek ballast water management system maker Erma First has secured a fleet-wide contract from Norway’s Golar LNG to supply its USCG type-approved BWTS Fit system.
In a statement last week, the company said that its equipment would be installed “on up to 16 LNG vessels”. Since Golar LNG’s website lists 16 ships in its LNGC fleet, NS has asked the operator when it will make a final decision on how many will be fitted and if it is reviewing whether to include its oldest vessels in the retrofit programme.
This announcement came just three weeks after Erma First revealed large orders from Safe Bulkers and other companies.
Installations are due to begin during the company’s next drydocking scheduled for the Q2 2018 and continue until the end of 2022, following Golar LNG’s drydocking schedule. Like its Safe Bulkers announcement, Erma First said that it has worked intensively with the shipping company “over the previous months to optimise and adapt the system to the company’s vessels.” In the case of that previous contract, this optimisation has involved specifying systems to suit each ship’s pumping, piping and other parameters so that each installation could be completed within the ship’s normal drydocking.