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SHIP OWNERS SHOULD EMBRACE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION TO STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION


Flow Water CEO Mark Hadfield says there are lessons to be drawn from the haulage industry where companies taking an early environmental lead become market leaders

London, United Kingdom, Wednesday 11th December 2019– The global maritime sector should embrace new environmental legislation and view challenges around emissions, ballast water management, and plastics at sea as opportunities to take the lead, according to Flow Water Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Hadfield.

Shipping can learn from the experiences of the road haulage industry in the 1990s, where companies ignoring new legislation lost market share and those embracing compliance became market leaders, he told delegates at the BWMTech conference in London today.

“The road haulage sector started to embrace environmental legislation 26 years ago,” said Hadfield.

“Some chose to ignore it, while other manufacturers embraced the new legislation, viewing it as an opportunity.

“Consequently, today, two manufacturers, who prior to the legislation held just 11% of European truck market sales, now hold over 50% of it.”

Hadfield stressed the shipping industry should be proud of offering the most environmentally-friendly solution for the transportation of goods, but must not rest on its laurels and should look to accelerate the pace of environmental improvements.

He identified plastics at sea as a significant challenge for the maritime industry, which is a major contributor to the 14 million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year.

Flow Water has developed a combined Drinking Water and Disinfection Unit, which eliminates the need for plastic bottles called FlowSafe DCD2000.

“The introduction of FlowSafe DCD2000 by one of our customers, has meant the removal of all of the chemicals, and associated costs used by the crew for cleaning the galley, bathrooms, and cabins, along with all of the plastic drinking water bottles,” said Hadfield.

“Combined, this means a total of 683,000,000 plastic bottles per annum no longer going to sea,” said Hadfield.

“If a little over 1% of those bottles fell overboard, that would be close to 7 million bottles.”

Hadfield said the shipping industry was on message with new regulations around ballast water management, but he could see a potential “environmental shipping oxymoron”, arising from the necessary new ballast water systems.

“When you fit a Ballast Water System, you are fitting a power-hungry machine to your ship that wants to use masses of ultra-low sulphur fuel that has a 35% increased chance of destroying your engine with catalytic fines unless you fit more fuel-filtering equipment and add additives to the fuel,” he said.

“We have forward-thought the consequences of the combined effects of multiple legislations and produced a Carbon Neutral Ballast Water System.

Flow Water Technologies has taken the environmental lead with the development of a carbon neutral ballast water management system called Flowsafe, which is set to deliver up to 1.3 bn Kgs of CO2 savings a year, based on the current order book.

The FlowSafe DCD2000 Combined Drinking Water and Disinfection Unit was developed following close collaboration between Flow Water, leading ship owners, and ship management companies to save the environment, while maintaining the health of the seafarer.

Flow Water is working on further environmental lead technology, which will be released next year.

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About Flow Water

Flow Water Technologies Ltd is a dedicated water management engineering company.

Established in 2013, Flow Water brings together a wealth of knowledge and engineering expertise in marine industry water treatment, assembly and manufacturing, enabling it to develop a totally unique and highly sustainable off-set carbon neutral ballast water treatment solution.

Flow Water has offices in the UK, with core technology components engineered and manufactured by the Companies owners in the UK, USA and The Netherlands. Flow Water is headquartered in Cyprus.

Flow Water’s mission is to:

  1. Convert its existing technologies into areas that can create greater efficiencies in the movement of fluids on board vessels, resulting in complete compliance and increased profits for the ship owner.
  2. Provide environmentally sustainable solutions for the marine industry, to replace existing and outdated treatment methods. Manufacture, install and maintain the most efficient and cost-effective Ballast Water Management System available in the global market place.

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SHIP OWNERS SHOULD EMBRACE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION TO STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION

Flow Water CEO Mark Hadfield says there are lessons to be drawn from the haulage industry where companies taking an early environmental lead become market leaders

London, United Kingdom Wednesday 11th December 2019 – The global maritime sector should embrace new environmental legislation and view challenges around emissions, ballast water management, and plastics at sea as opportunities to take the lead, according to Flow Water Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Hadfield.

Shipping can learn from the experiences of the road haulage industry in the 1990s, where companies ignoring new legislation lost market share and those embracing compliance became market leaders, he told delegates at the BWMTech conference in London today.

“The road haulage sector started to embrace environmental legislation 26 years ago,” said Hadfield.

“Some chose to ignore it, while other manufacturers embraced the new legislation, viewing it as an opportunity.

“Consequently, today, two manufacturers, who prior to the legislation held just 11% of European truck market sales, now hold over 50% of it.”

Hadfield stressed the shipping industry should be proud of offering the most environmentally-friendly solution for the transportation of goods, but must not rest on its laurels and should look to accelerate the pace of environmental improvements.

He identified plastics at sea as a significant challenge for the maritime industry, which is a major contributor to the 14 million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year.

Flow Water has developed a combined Drinking Water and Disinfection Unit, which eliminates the need for plastic bottles called FlowSafe DCD2000.

“The introduction of FlowSafe DCD2000 by one of our customers, has meant the removal of all of the chemicals, and associated costs used by the crew for cleaning the galley, bathrooms, and cabins, along with all of the plastic drinking water bottles,” said Hadfield.

“Combined, this means a total of 683,000,000 plastic bottles per annum no longer going to sea,” said Hadfield.

“If a little over 1% of those bottles fell overboard, that would be close to 7 million bottles.”

Hadfield said the shipping industry was on message with new regulations around ballast water management, but he could see a potential “environmental shipping oxymoron”, arising from the necessary new ballast water systems.

“When you fit a Ballast Water System, you are fitting a power-hungry machine to your ship that wants to use masses of ultra-low sulphur fuel that has a 35% increased chance of destroying your engine with catalytic fines unless you fit more fuel-filtering equipment and add additives to the fuel,” he said.

“We have forward-thought the consequences of the combined effects of multiple legislations and produced a Carbon Neutral Ballast Water System.

Flow Water Technologies has taken the environmental lead with the development of a carbon neutral ballast water management system called Flowsafe, which is set to deliver up to 1.3 bn Kgs of CO2 savings a year, based on the current order book.

The FlowSafe DCD2000 Combined Drinking Water and Disinfection Unit was developed following close collaboration between Flow Water, leading ship owners, and ship management companies to save the environment, while maintaining the health of the seafarer.

Flow Water is working on further environmental lead technology, which will be released next year.

Ends

About Flow Water

Flow Water Technologies Ltd is a dedicated water management engineering company.

Established in 2013, Flow Water brings together a wealth of knowledge and engineering expertise in marine industry water treatment, assembly and manufacturing, enabling it to develop a totally unique and highly sustainable off-set carbon neutral ballast water treatment solution.

Flow Water has offices in the UK, with core technology components engineered and manufactured by the Companies owners in the UK, USA and The Netherlands. Flow Water is headquartered in Cyprus.

Flow Water’s mission is to:

  1. Convert its existing technologies into areas that can create greater efficiencies in the movement of fluids on board vessels, resulting in complete compliance and increased profits for the ship owner.
  2. Provide environmentally sustainable solutions for the marine industry, to replace existing and outdated treatment methods. Manufacture, install and maintain the most efficient and cost-effective Ballast Water Management System available in the global market place.