Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) recently chose oneTank™, a Seattle-based ballast water treatment system manufacturer, to provide an aftpeak ballast water treatment solution for vessels in their fleet. Installation of the oneTank system will help bring OSG into compliance with international and US-based regulations requiring the treatment of all ballast water discharges.
oneTank gained International Maritime Organization BWMS Code approval in July 2020 and US Coast Guard Type Approval in September 2020. Engineered as a low-cost ($65,000 per system) treatment option intended for vessels that do not need a complex solution, it is light and compact; the system has a footprint of just 4 square feet and requires only 15 amps of electrical power. Where existing systems have mostly been developed with larger ships in mind, oneTank focuses on the aftpeak tank.
"The aftpeak tank is often an afterthought," said oneTank™ Managing Director Kevin Reynolds. "And then in shipyard it becomes a real challenge to install a complex, full-flow ballast treatment system for just one tank. That's why we developed oneTank — to make treating one or a few ballast tanks simple. This simplicity results in an easier shipyard period and a lot of cost savings."
oneTank treats tanks up to 4,000 m3 in volume. No compressed air, fresh water, or other auxiliary supports are needed. It has no filters to clog or clean, no ultra-violet bulbs and no electrolytic generators. Treatment is achieved by applying and mixing bulk chemicals in-tank, with in-tank neutralization prior to discharge. Users can treat on their own schedules, avoiding busy in-port times, and the system's operation is fully automatic.
"We are excited to be able to show OSG what oneTank can do," said Sean Ritchie, oneTank's chief engineer. "I'm feeling very confident that they will be happy with our product."
Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. is a publicly traded company providing energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products in the US Flag markets. OSG is a major operator of tankers and ATBs in the Jones Act industry. OSG's 21 vessel US Flag fleet consists of three crude oil tankers doing business in Alaska, one conventional ATB, two lightering ATBs, three shuttle tankers, ten MR tankers, and two non-Jones Act MR tankers that participate in the US Maritime Security Program. OSG also currently owns and operates two Marshall Islands flagged MR tankers which trade internationally. In addition to the currently operating fleet, OSG has on order one Jones Act compliant barge which is scheduled for delivery in late 2020.
About oneTank LLC:
oneTank LLC is a specialty manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems for tanker and bulker aftpeak tanks, workboats, and yachts. Founded by marine engineers, oneTank builds its treatment system in Seattle and offers applications engineering, installation and commissioning support, and a robust spare parts and service program. oneTank, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of marine consulting firm, Glosten. Visit www.onetankballast.com for more information.