On average 12 ships a month catch fire globally, to extinguish the fire on average 30000 tons of sea water gets pumped into the ship, this then becomes a toxic soup which will cause untold damage to any ecosystem exposed to it, my product can treat the contaminated fluid and remove any dangerous elements so that it can be decommissioned or repaired. The large mobile units would attend the port at which the vessel is secured and pump out to sea, this is a profitable avenue to pursue so will be our initial target with the large mobile units, this would be contract work lasting up to several months at a time- the more units we can deploy the faster we can complete, the financial plan indicates a monthly cost of £800,000, this is the bottom end of the scale and based on a three month contract estimated at about £2.5m, the competition struggles to apply their over-size kit to the dockside and so is limited as to how fast it can remove the pollutants, by maintaining the contract price but deploying multiple large mobile units, the customer could be saving over £125,000 per day in docking fees due to the reduced timescale.
Worldwide traffic from both the shipping and leisure sectors have great potential to cause marine pollution with ships running into difficulty at sea on a daily basis. The environmental impact of oil spills can be disastrous, from the physical smothering of organisms, ecosystem changes and chemical toxicity with lethal effects upon flora and fauna. A solution to mitigate the effects of this type of pollution is necessary within the marine salvage industry and our products do just that.
Since the introduction of steel-hulled vessels around 120 years ago, water has been used as ballast to stabilise vessels at sea. Ballast water is pumped in to maintain safe operating conditions throughout a voyage. This practice reduces stress on the hull, provides transverse stability, improves propulsion and manoeuvrability, and compensates for weight changes in various cargo load levels and due to fuel and water consumption.
While ballast water is essential for safe and efficient modern shipping operations, it may pose serious ecological, economic and health problems due to the multitude of marine species carried in ships’ ballast water. These include bacteria, microbes, small invertebrates, eggs, cysts and larvae of various species. The transferred species may survive to establish a reproductive population in the host environment, becoming invasive, out-competing native species and multiplying into pest proportions.
The problem of invasive species in ships’ ballast water is largely due to the expanded trade and traffic volume over the last few decades and, since the volumes of seaborne trade continue to increase, the problem may not yet have reached its peak yet. The effects in many areas of the world have been devastating. Quantitative data show that the rate of bio-invasions is continuing to increase at an alarming rate and new areas are being invaded all the time.
The spread of invasive species is now recognised as one of the greatest threats to the ecological and the economic well being of the planet. These species are causing enormous damage to biodiversity and the valuable natural riches of the earth upon which we depend. Direct and indirect health effects are becoming increasingly serious and the damage to the environment is often irreversible.
Ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention this year provides a driving force opening up this area for more competition. These units could be installed in the ship's hull or occupy a dockside building and service the ships as they load/offload, if the ship is refilled with clean treated sea water they would have a clean ticket at their next destination to release the ballast, a database could be compiled and the ballast water could be treated to match the destination-salinity, pH etc.
The systems used in this market would not need to desalinate the water, unless required for another purpose, as it would be going back out to sea, this could make the systems cheaper to produce as there will be redundant components and probably allow for increased flow rate as the conductivity will be high.