Coldharbour seeks Japanese approval

Mar 29 2018

Ballast water treatment systems manufacturer, Coldharbour Marine has signed up Japanese class society ClassNK to assist the company to obtain Japanese type approval.

This approval is required by all foreign companies in the marine sector seeking to sell their products to customers in Japan.


The type approval process, as required by Japan’s Ship Safety Law and the Marine Pollution Prevention Law, will involve an independent assessment and verification of Coldharbour Marine’s BWT technology, as well as type approval of the product itself.


An inspection of the company’s manufacturing plant in Linby, Nottinghamshire, UK, may also be required.


“This is a key step in establishing our commitment to the Japanese market,” explained Andrew Marshall, Coldharbour Marine CEO. “This market is very important to us for a number of reasons. Japanese owners control the world’s second largest fleet, including many of the vessels for which our technology is ideally suited. Japanese owners control large numbers of bulkers, tankers and LNG carriers, which are all key target markets for us. Three of the world’s 10 largest owners are Japanese.


“In addition, Japanese shipbuilders are at the premium end of the ship construction market, appreciating high quality, technologically advanced ship hardware like ours. Our approach to business matches perfectly with the Japanese ethos of excellence and fit-for-purpose technology,” he said.


Marshall said that Coldharbour had started the Japanese type approval process in direct response to a number of requests from large Japanese shipowning groups.


He also said that he thought that the type approval process was likely to take about two months.


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