As the line gradually expands to include the full flow range by the end of 2022, it will support and deepen regional shipyard relationships as the ballast water treatment market shifts towards Asia.
Asia is already a key market for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3, with the majority of installations occurring at Asian shipyards, even when the vessels themselves are flagged in other regions. When the global wave of ballast water treatment system retrofits begins to subside in 2024, Asian shipyards will become even more dominant as the focus shifts to newbuilding.
“We are growing with our customers, and the future of ballast water treatment installations is undoubtedly in Asia,” said Peter Sahlén, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “By strengthening the lead times, flexibility and local proximity that bring value to shipyards, our investment in Qingdao will expand the strong support that Alfa Laval already provides to Asian customers.”
Alfa Laval has both a modern factory in Qingdao and a PureBallast Competence Centre in Shanghai. From the Shanghai site, Alfa Laval provides customer support, technical support and project management services. Building up PureBallast 3 production in Qingdao will add physical supply strengths to Alfa Laval’s regional offering in ballast water treatment.
“Qingdao is located in one of China’s Development Zones and is well situated geographically, which will mean simpler logistics with sustainability advantages for shipyards in Asia,” said Sahlén. “Regional customers will have convenient access to our deep competence and the product itself, making Alfa Laval a clear choice before, during and after installation.”
For vessels that continue doing business in Asia after installing PureBallast 3, Alfa Laval provides network of support comprising local spare parts hubs and training resources, combined with 24/7 service access and field service engineers dispatched from within the region. “Our service capabilities for PureBallast 3 are well established in Asia, just as they are in the rest of the world,” said Sahlén. “Customers experience Alfa Laval as a local presence wherever they sail, yet they can count on our global knowledge and quality. While the start-up of production in Qingdao adds strength at the beginning of the system life cycle, our commitment to customers and their compliance is constant throughout.”