NCL Hires Consultant for Ballast Water Compliance

Norwegian Jade (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Posted by Eric Haun

Foreship said it has secured a design consultancy contract
covering the first post-Ballast Water Convention treatment
systems to be specified by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The
contract calls for independent naval architecture and marine
engineering consultancy services to ensure installations on five
NCL ships are fully IMO-compliant.

After an initial project involving the surveying, installation
feasibility study, design drawings and documentation for class
approvals on Norwegian Dawn, Foreship was invited to provide the
same service for the Norwegian cruise ships Pearl, Sky, Jade and
Spirit.

The Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force on
September 8, 2017 and requires all ships affected to have a
treatment system on board to neutralize invasive species
discharged in ballast water in time for their "first IOPP renewal
survey". Most ships will therefore need a BWTS between 2017 and
2021.

"Environmental responsibility is a core value for NCL, and we
welcomed the clarity brought by entry into force of the BWM
Convention," said Giovanni Canu, VP Technical Operations,
Norwegian Cruise Line. "Work to install compliant BWMT on
Norwegian Dawn began within a month of ratification. Foreship
quickly showed their value in ensuring the project proceeded
smoothly to class requirements, leading us to extend to five
ships. We need to manage BMTS installations effectively
fleet-wide; there will be high demand once shipping moves
decisively on compliance."

Foreship's full scope includes mechanical and electrical design
work to DNV-GL requirements, taking in diagrams for BWTS
foundation support structures, piping routing, machinery
arrangements, cabling diagrams and systems integration. Foreship
is also contributing on-site installation support, where
required, with the bulk of work to take place while ships are in
service.

"We are an independent consultancy and recommend shipboard
systems in the configurations which are most beneficial for each
ship," says Kim Palén, Operations Manager, Foreship. "In the case
of NCL, Alfa Laval's PureBallast 3.1 BWMS had already been
selected, with switchboards and automation cabinets also common
across the ships, so we have taken a unified approach.

"Nevertheless, our technical background reports have shown that
flexibility is required to take account of variations between
different vessels: even sister ships can become more like cousins
after different service and refurbishment histories."

Ballast water pump sizes have varied on different ships, for
example, while cabling and piping routing and penetration
locations have not been uniform. Palén added that decisions on
where to locate parts of the system - above or below deck, for
example - depended on space availability.

"We are involved in this project from start to finish, from the
drawing stage to providing all of the mechanical and electrical
suppliers involved with technical assistance as requested." He
added that Foreship was managing the NCL project via its Miami
office, close to the owner's technical team. The decision
reflected a wider strategic move by Foreship to develop full
project management services as a separate offer to clients, he
said.

Mar 9, 2017

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