CMA CGM orders ballast water systems for 17 vessels

CMA CGM's opera series will be fitted with the ballast water systems. Credit: CMA CGM
CMA CGM's opera series will be fitted with the ballast water systems. Credit: CMA CGM

French container liner operator CMA CGM has placed orders for ballast water management systems (BWMSs) to be fitted to 17 vessels currently under construction or in service.

The two orders have gone to small French water treatment specialist BIO-UV Group, which specialises in the use of ultra-violet light for water disinfection purposes.

Both orders, together worth more than EUR5 million, are for BIO-UV’s BIO-SEA BWMS.

The first order provides for the system to be fitted to nine 22,000 teu liquefied natural gas-powered ships being built for the group in China, while the second provides for it to be fitted to eight vessels already in service, all of them in CMA CGM’s “opera” series.

“The orders follow the Ballast Water Management Convention, which went into force in September last year. Newbuildings have been obliged to have BWMSs installed since that date, while vessels in service will need to have systems fitted in time for their first International Oil Pollution Prevention certificate renewal survey after September 2019.”

BIO-UV, which is based in Lunel, near Montpellier, France, estimates that about 50,000 in-service vessels will need to have systems fitted over the coming months.

It is the third ultraviolet light-based system to receive certification from both the International Maritime Organization and the US Coast Guard. “Having this double certification enables BIO-UV to assure global shipping companies that their ships will be able to sail everywhere in the world, including the United States,” it said.

It added that it would be executing the two CMA CGM orders over the next 12 months and that it considered that it had good prospects of additional orders from CMA CGM once they had been completed.

BIO-UV Group was founded in 2000 and currently has a workforce of 61 and generated revenues totalling EUR10.1 million (USD11.7 million) last year. It obtained a listing on the Euronext Growth market for small and medium-sized companies on 10 July and announced then that it expected to quadruple its turnover over the next five years.

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