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Zeppelin Power Systems Supplies UV Ballast Water Treatment System to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for the MS Hanseatic


Zeppelin Power Systems has installed an Optimarin ballast water treatment system on board the MS Hanseatic on behalf of shipping company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

By choosing to invest in the OBS 125-FS, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has opted for sustainable operation for the world's only five-star expedition cruise ship, with a resource-efficient, environmental friendly system that helps to protect our ecosystems.

The environmental friendly ballast water system by Optimarin meets the IMO D2 standard and therefore enables vessels to travel to all regions, even those with particularly sensitive ecosystems such as the Arctic and Antarctic. As a result, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises already complies with international standards for the treatment of ballast water that have yet to be enforced. 


"Following the MS Europa, the MS Hanseatic is the second cruise ship that we have equipped with the Optimarin ballast water system. We were especially impressed by the system's clear and simple layout, its low maintenance requirements, and the associated advantages of a simple and reliable system" explains Ulf Neugebauer, Senior Superintendent at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. "While working on the project, we were able to rely on Zeppelin Power Systems' expertise. We value the company as an expert sales and service partner after already working with them on a number of engine projects."

UV treatment for ballast water – low-maintenance and cost-efficient

The OBS 125-FS Optimarin ballast water treatment system is designed for a maximum volume flow of 125 m3 per hour for ballast. The ballast water is first filtered and then treated effectively using  one single medium-pressure UV lamp with a broad UV spectrum. Ballast water is treated reliably without the use of chemicals and biocides, thereby helping to protect ecosystems. A self-cleaning effect is generated by the high surface temperatures of up to 800 °C on the quartz glass – as a result, there is no need for cleaning modules, wiper systems, or skimmers.

"The high temperature and resulting cleaning effect for the quartz glass is similar to the pyrolysis process now used in modern, self-cleaning ovens," explains Philip Hammerschmidt, BWTS Product Manager at Zeppelin Power Systems. "These qualities make the system exceptionally effective, low-maintenance, and therefore cost-efficient."

At the shipping company's request, the system was incorporated into the ship's control system so that it can be easily operated from the engine control room or bridge.

Speedy project completion in parallel with planned dock times

During the project, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises was able to rely on Zeppelin Power Systems, who provided a full end-to-end service from selecting the components and liaising with the classification institute DNV-GL to preparing all documentation. From the conclusion of the contract to the technical acceptance, it took just three months to install the BWT system. To achieve this, Zeppelin Power Systems used the docking time planned for general ship maintenance work. "The actual time taken to install the entire system and integrate it into the ship control system was just six days," adds Philip Hammerschmidt.

Zeppelin Power Systems has been an official partner to Optimarin, the Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water systems, since 2014. The company is one of the biggest providers of ballast water systems and has been on the market since 2000. Since then, Optimarin has sold more than 600 systems, 250 of which have already been installed while the rest are part of fleet contracts. The systems meet the IMO D2 standard and therefore the requirements for all conventional marine classification companies. Optimarin technology is the first solution of its type to meet the US Coast Guard's sea water testing procedures with approval expected in 2016. 

Following its stay in the docks, the MS Hanseatic was back out on expeditions: first visiting Spain and Portugal before crossing the Atlantic from Tenerife to Rio de Janeiro so that it could offer cruise trips to the Antarctic between November and March. The world's only five-star expedition ship offers a maximum of 175 guests unique trips in an intimate setting.


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