CROSS Technical Services LTD. in cooperation with Auramarine has the pleasure to invite you and your team to its presentation on

“Auramarine CrystalBallast– BWTS: An actual retrofit installation case”

which will be held at Athens Metropolitan Hotel on Tuesday 4th of December 2012, at 17.30hrs.

Cocktail Party will follow.

Your presence will honor us.

Please confirm your participation to Mrs. Katerina Orfaniotou, Tel: 210 42 84 070, Fax: 210 41 83 472,


The latest developments on Ballast Water Treatment at the MEPC 64 in October 2012 show that the B.W.M. Convention will be ratified within this year and will be in force before the start of 2014, according to DNV and the Finnish delegation.

Furthermore, the U.S.C.G. entry into force dates for treatment requirements are fixed and not affected by I.M.O. decisions. According to the U.S.C.G. Final Rule, existing vessels with B.W. capacity over 5.000m3 have to install a B.W.T. system by 2016 and with less than 5.000m3 by 2014. Also, NB’s with keel laying after 1/12/2013 must also have a B.W.T. system on delivery.

In order to address the needs of shipowners on the above developments, CROSS & AURAMARINE will hold a presentation in Athens Metropolitan Hotel on the 4th of December 2012 regarding the challenging retrofit of the Ro-Ro vessel MV Birka Express with 2 X 250m3/h Crystal Ballast units.

The order for this turn-key basis project with an option for two sister vessels, was placed with Auramarine in late Spring 2012 with delivery and installation of ballast water system already in Autumn 2012. The installation of CrystalBallast system took place during a 10-day dry-docking and installation was finalized while the vessel was back in its normal service. Birka Cargo Ab presently operates a fleet of 7 modern Ro-Ro vessels under Finnish flag. The vessels are currently chartered to Finnlines, Holmen Paper and UPM Seaways.