A 5,000-dwt newbuild product tanker has been loaded with clean ballast water from a Damen InvaSave containerised treatment system for its delivery voyage from the Netherlands to Argentina. It will be operated by Navios Logistics, a subsidiary of Navios Maritime.
Inland coastal tanker Elena H will make its maiden voyage from the Netherlands to Argentina on its own keel but, once in service, will remain permanently in local waters, where it will not need to treat its ballast water. In a statement last Thursday (28 June), Damen Green Solutions explained that instead of installing a ballast water management system (BWMS) for this single international trip, its InvaSave system supplied clean ballast water that met IMO’s D-2 standard.
The statement did not say when the voyage is due to take place, but vessel-tracking site Vesselfinder.com shows the ship is still berthed in the Netherlands today (2 July).
Damen Green Solutions sales manager Philip Rabe said in the company’s statement that InvaSave has proved itself to be “a versatile tool to treat ballast water of vessels without the need to install a BWMS.” He said the company’s goal “is to build up a reliable worldwide ballast water service network” and that it is in talks with several yards and harbour service providers around the world.