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Northstar set to offer 3D scanning services to ships ahead of BWTC retrofit

MANAMA, January 16, 2022

With ships expected to instal an approved ballast water treatment system (BWTS) well in time before the IMO Regulation D2 takes effect, Northstar Technology said its 3D Scanning Bureau can provide essential services to companies that are under pressure to undertake BWTS retrofitting.
“Invasive aquatic species present in the ship's ballast water is one of the consistent problems in the offshore industry, as it leads to increased bio-invasion, posing a threat to the marine ecosystem,” said Keith Bernard, NorthStar Technology Project Manager ([email protected]).
In accordance with the IMO Regulation D2, which comes into effect on September 8, 2024, all ships are expected to undertake Ballast Water Exchange and instal an approved ballast water treatment system.
“For nearly all merchant vessels, this involves installing and retrofitting of BWTS. Regulations have resulted in an increased number of BWTS being installed in both new and old vessels, but this can be a challenge due to several factors, including (and once again) space constraints,” he explained.
“At Northstar Technology, our 3D Scanning Bureau has many years experience with 3D laser scanning and modelling conversion, in support for BWTS retrofitting companies. By scanning and modelling all the related locations on the ships, including tie-in and cable locations, we will be able to export them into clear 2D drawings and 3D models to aid in the retrofitting, saving time and reducing chances of error,” stated Bernard.
The service can be carried out on behalf of the owners while the vessel is berthed in Bahrain or any of the Gulf ports, he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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