Qingdao Headway Technology Co has announced orders for 105 ballast water management systems (BWMS) from Genco Shipping and Eagle Bulk Shipping.
The order will allow Headway’s OceanGuard BWMS units to be retrofitted to Capesize and Supramax bulk carriers.
Headway’s OceanGuard BWMS uses filtration, advanced oxidation and electrocatalysis to deal with organisms and holds alternate management system status from USCG.
Headway’s statement notes that the BWMS orders from the US-listed dry bulk carrier operators have come during a time of worsening relationships between the US and China due to the ramping up of tariffs in the ongoing trade war.
“Mutually beneficial and win-win relationship with highly complementary structures and deep integration of interests,” said an unnamed executive from Headway in the press release, which also reported that Headway had been honoured by the Chinese authorities as the “ballast stone and propeller for Sino-US relations.”
The press release also noted that Headway BWMS units have been fitted by Shanghai Waigaoqiao, Zhoushan Yangfan and Jiangsu Hantong shipyards since 2014.
Shipowners named by Headway as having its BWMS units in their vessels include Gener8 Maritime, Carnival Cruises, Chemical Transportation Group and Tropical Shipping.
In May 2018, Headway submitted an application for US Coast Guard (USCG) type-approval for its OceanGuard ballast water management system, noting that no change [was] made to the system during the tests, all delivered systems will also meet the USCG regulation,” according to the statement.
• Headway’s OceanGuard system should not be confused with the Danish BWMS manufacturer Desmi Ocean Guard.
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