Ecochlor receives USCG Type Approval - appoints new CEO

Aug 11 2017

Ecochlor’s patented Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has received USCG Type Approval.

The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). It is claimed to be completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature.

Tom Perlich, Ecochlor President and Founder said, “The Ecochlor BWTS works just as effectively as it did when first installed in a ship in 2004 without any fundamental changes. Since that first system was sold, the Ecochlor System has undergone extensive testing and received IMO Type Approval (2011), US Coast Guard (USCG) Alternative Management System (AMS) Acceptance (2013), and numerous classification society approvals, including Lloyd’s Register, American Bureau of Shipping, Class NK, Bureau Veritas, and RMRS.

USCG Type Approval, Ecochlor’s final benchmark, validates all the hard work we expended to ensure there is a reliable, efficient, cost-effective treatment system available to shipowners, he said.

The Ecochlor System provides shipowners with several unique features, the company said. One of these is low power consumption. Typical power requirements for the system treating a total flow rate of 8,000 cu m per hour is 12 kWh, with maximum requirements reaching only 35 kWh.

“Not only does the Ecochlor BWTS have low power consumption, it is highly effective in all types of waters, said Steve Candito, Ecochlor’s new CEO. The system was engineered with many safety and redundancy features, such as pressurised double wall storage tanks, flow controls and a vacuum mixing chamber where the chlorine dioxide is generated on-demand. Along with supplying a highly effective, safe technology, Ecochlor is committed to offering a more efficient retrofit experience. We are pleased to now list USCG Type Approval Certification among our many achievements.”

Another important feature of the Ecochlor BWTS is its small footprint, which makes it extremely space efficient, even for larger capacity systems, the company claimed. It also offers a modular approach providing further flexibility in tight spaces. Typically, only a single treatment system is required, with up to three chemical injection points connected to the vessel’s ballast lines.

USCG Type Approval was issued for Ecochlor Systems capable of treating ballast flow rates from 500 cu m per hour to 16,200 cu m per hour.

Marcie Merksamer, vice president, EnviroManagement, added, “For all system manufacturers, getting through the USCG Type Approval process is a long journey, with challenges and successes along the way. I’m pleased to have assisted Ecochlor and collaborated with DNV GL, Golden Bear facility, and the USCG during the process, and I congratulate the company on successful completion of USCG Type Approval.”

Perlich said, “Ecochlor’s focus has always been to help shipowners meet regulatory requirements in the most effective and efficient way. In the past year, we have seen significant activity from shipowners who recognise the value of all the benefits in the Ecochlor System. As one of only five USCG Type Approved BWTS in the world, this approval adds Ecochlor to a group that has successfully demonstrated that they can meet the most rigorous testing requirements worldwide.”

In another move, Ecochlor has announced that Charlie Miller has retired as CEO and was replaced by Steve Candito who took up his new role on 8th August. .

Prior to joining Ecochlor, Candito was founder, president and CEO of Foresea Consulting where he provided various advisory services, including strategic planning, regulatory compliance and crisis management to the maritime and environmental communities.

Before Foresea, he was president and CEO of National Response Corp (NRC). During his 20 plus years at NRC, he grew the business from a start-up to a leading global emergency response and environmental services firm. He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters.

He was also previously an attorney with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens from 1985 to 1993 where he specialised in maritime litigation and environmental law. He also served as a marine engineer aboard Exxon US domestic tanker fleet.   

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