UK-based Global Water Intelligence projected in 2015 that the market for ballast water systems held potential for investments of up to USD 45.6 billion over five years. But the current crisis in the shipping sector makes today's estimate more modest.
Oceansaver's market disappeared after the IMO postponed the implementation deadline this summer for the ballast water requirements, CEO and Chairman Kjetil Bruun-Olsen tells ShippingWatch. The postponement hurts first movers, says association Danish Maritime.
Following an internal audit, it has surfaced that Wärtsilä is dealing with a case regarding fraud with the test results of its engines. Two percent of the engines may be affected. Employees at the company are responsible.
Lars Møller, former executive at OW Bunker's subsidiary in Singapore, has been charged with fraud worth DKK 800 million. "There is nothing here in the context of criminal liability," Møller's lawyer, Arvid Andersen, tells ShippingWatch.
A series of renowned shipping names, including Blystad Group, are behind the new company Maritime Asset Partners, which will offer alternative financing to shipping companies. USD 150 million are ready to be invested. "We can raise more money according to our needs," head of the company Nick Roos tells ShippingWatch.
Producers of ballast water management systems are counting down to the billion-dollar market which will emerge when the convention comes into force in September this year. "2017 will be better than last year, but the boom will come in 2018," says Optimarin, one of the companies approved by the US Coast Guard.
J. Lauritzen will gradually phase out larger dry bulk vessels when their contracts expire. "We're strong in Handysize, and that's where we've historically been the most profitable," CEO Mads P. Zacho tells ShippingWatch.