ASRY, the Bahrain-based maritime repair and fabrication facility, has signed an agreement with Egypt’s Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC) to install ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) on part of its fleet. The agreement has already seen one system installed on a VLCC, with a further two more vessels set to go through retrofits in the coming months. Negotiations continue to extend the agreement to include more vessels, with installations expected throughout 2018 and 2019.
Ahmed Demerdash, AMPTC’s technical manager, said, “ASRY was our first choice for these installations as they have good experience with the engineering requirements, and a good network of partnerships that we can rely on. They have taken good care of our fleet for many years, and this is a continuation of that collaboration.”
The AMPTC vessels will receive the BWTS from Hyundai, with which ASRY has a Memorandum of Understanding to be a ‘preferred yard’ for both BWTS and scrubber installations. ASRY general manager, Magdy Sharkawy, added, “We are happy to be chosen as AMPTC’s partner to optimise their fleet for the new BWTS regulations. More of our regular customers are now moving forward with their BWTS plans and we have been working closely with them from both an engineering and installation perspective to make these decisions as efficient as possible.”
ASRY recently used Posidonia, the Athens shipping exhibition, as a platform to showcase its experience and expertise in the ballast water treatment system and scrubber retrofit sector. Demand for both types of retrofit is expected to rise over the next few years as new environmental regulations take effect.
“We have installed several ballast water treatment systems for our long-term clients already and see more negotiations taking place for the rest of the year,” said ASRY’s new construction and engineering senior manager, Sauvir Sarkar. “Our Greek clients are proving to be the most interested in moving forward in both ballast water and scrubber retrofits.”
ASRY is offering a turnkey ballast water treatment and scrubber service that includes surveying, 3D scanning, engineering, fabrication and installation. Several major shipowners have already entrusted their installations to ASRY. While the Bahrain yard can install any system from any maker, the company has to date installed ballast water and scrubber systems from Alfa Laval as well as Hyundai.