Installation and Commissioning

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Installation and Commissioning

International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels that have ballast water capacity and engage in international trade (see exceptions) to have a Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) onboard and implement a Ballast Water Management Plan. IMO mandates that all ballast water must be treated appropriately to remove harmful organisms before discharge. Mr. Marine Ballast can support you with the selection, installation and commissioning of the appropriate BWTS for your vessel.

What is BWTS Installation and Commissioning?

BWTS Installation   

BWTS installation refers to the integration of a BWTS in the vessel’s existing ballast water management infrastructure. Mr. Marine Ballast can perform the installation of BWTS on ships that were not originally equipped with the ballast water treatment system. This process is called ballast water treatment retrofit and is essential for compliance with the BWM Convention. The installation of the BWTS facilitates compliance with the D-2 standard, monitoring that the species in the discharged water are within the admissible limits. Furthermore, you will be able to choose from a broad range of reliable BWT Systems makers to install on your vessel, such as Panasia, Erma First, Wuxi BSKY, Hyde Marine and Samsung.

BWTS Commissioning

After the BWTS system is installed onboard, the commissioning process ensures the system functions properly. It integrates the testing and verifying of the system to validate that the ballast water is treated efficiently and that the data is reliable. Some of the commissioning steps integrate: 

  • Pre-commissioning checks: Inspection of the BWTS to ensure that all components are installed correctly and correspond to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Calibration: Sensors, instruments, and controls of the BWTS are calibrated to validate precise measurements and optimal performance.
  • Functionality tests: The functional tests verify that all ballast water treatment components and subsystems operate optimally.
  • Performance verification: The performance of the BWTS is tested to ensure it meets the treatment requirements.
  • Documentation: Detailed documentation of the commissioning activities is key, specifically calibration reports, test results, equipment logs, and compliance records.
  • Crew training: Members responsible for BWTS activities must engage in educational training.

By conducting these activities, the commissioning process ensures that the BWTS is properly installed, calibrated, and functioning effectively in treating ballast water. It aims to verify compliance with regulatory requirements, optimize system performance, and equip the crew with the necessary knowledge and skills for system operation and maintenance.

Note: IMO requires all vessels to have an approved BWTS retrofitted at their first renewal survey after the 8th of September 2019.    

Ballast Water Treatment System Installation and Commissioning  

At Mr. Marine Ballast, we understand the importance of professional installation and commissioning of BWTS to ensure compliance with international regulations and the safe and efficient operation of the system. As a partner for many BWTS manufacturers, we bring together the expertise and many years of experience to provide our customers with the highest level of service and support. Our engineers are perfectly skilled and able to install and commission equipment from any BWTS maker, including the famed Panasia, Samsung, Erma First, Wuxi BSKY and Hyde Marine amongst others. 

We offer a range of installation and commissioning services, including complete package installation or specific components. Whether you need assistance with the installation of a new system or the replacement of existing equipment, we are there to assist you every step of the way. Our team of experienced technicians and engineers will work closely with you to ensure that your system is installed and commissioned correctly and meets all relevant regulations and standards.

We understand that the installation and commissioning of a BWTS can be a complex and challenging process for a ship owner and we are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need. We can provide you with advice and support on all aspects of the installation and commissioning process, including equipment selection, site preparation, installation and testing. We can also assist with the preparation of all necessary documentation, including the Operation, Maintenance and Safety Manual (OMSM), which is required for compliance with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (Ballast Water Management Convention).

Mr. Marine Ballast – Your Reliable Partner

Mr. Marine Ballast will closely work with you to define your requirements and select the appropriate ballast water treatment system for your vessel. Our team will support you in the detail engineering process to develop the plan for implementation and the steps. The expertise and skills of our technicians facilitate the idea-generation and engineering activities.    

After installation and commissioning, we will provide you with the necessary support and guidance to ensure the system operates correctly, efficiently and in compliance with the BWM Convention. We can provide you with training, technical support and guidance on how to operate and maintain the system and we will be available to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.     

Feel free to approach us for advice or any concerns regarding the installation and running of your system.

Additional Ballast Services

We can also provide you with regular maintenance and repair services, to ensure that your system remains in good working order and continues to meet all relevant regulations and standards. We understand that the maintenance of a ballast water treatment system is critical to ensure safe and efficient operation and compliance and we are here to provide you with the support you need to keep your system in good working order.

Mr. Marine Ballast can also support you with the following services for your BWTS:


Mr. Marine Ballast has a network of 10 global service stations and a team available in 375+ ports. Our technicians can service your BWTS 24/7, providing optimal solutions promptly. Contact our team today for additional information or submit the form below to receive our offer.


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