Environmental Regulatory Compliance

The NETSCo team is environmentally responsible, providing solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of ships in our oceans, lakes and coastal areas.

Our compliance engineers meet regularly with governing agencies, that include environmental groups, ports and state agencies. We actively participate and serve on environmental committees with a number of regulatory bodies that include: The United States Coast Guard; ASTM; and, the American Bureau of Shipping. We provide the most up-to-date information to our clients.

Our team provides energy audits to review the total use of and make energy efficiency assessments for ships. NETSCo can also perform an onboard assessment of the current vessel performance or create an environmental impact report for your ship or fleet. We can assist your company with retrofitting outdated equipment and implementing new on board environmental solutions with your ship’s operations.

Energy Efficiency (EEDI / SEEMP) Marine Engineering Services

The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is a performance-based tool that leaves the choice of technology in a specific ship design to the shipowner as long as they are in compliance in their energy efficiency level.

It’s critical to select an experienced and knowledgeable naval architecture and marine engineering firm who can guide you through the process of researching the fuel alternative options and recommend the most cost-efficient solution for your ship for fleet of vessels.

Conversion to LNG requires careful consideration and creative ideas in several important areas. For example, space is an immediate concern as LNG is almost 60% greater in volume than a comparable amount of diesel fuel. In addition, it would befit the shipowner to have up-to-date information on current and future LNG import terminals to compare against the vessel’s charter or sailing route.

Through the development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), NETSCo can assist owner/operator in establish the mechanism to improve energy efficiency for your fleet or vessel. Our technical engineers and researchers offer the following services:

  • Evaluation and Analysis of Fuel Conversions
  • Design and Analysis of LNG Carriers
  • Chart Loading and Receiving Terminals for LNG
  • SEEMP Development for the Fleet or Ship
  • Retrofit or Fuel Conversion Project Management
  • Regulatory Compliance with Flag and Class Societies

Ballast Water Treatment Marine Engineering Services

NETSCo, along with sister-company, Choice Ballast Solutions, offers a blend of theoretical engineering and practical experience with first-hand knowledge of all the major ballast water treatment technologies. With a staff of experience shipyard and dry dockings project management specialists, NETSCo delivers engineering solutions with a customer-focused approach. We offer fully integrated treatment solutions that cover the entire process of selection through commissioning. Our highly capable engineers and draftsmen conduct 3D scanning and offer detailed engineering designs to determine any issues that may interfere with the operation of the BWMS and indicate the best-case placement of the new equipment. We have the experience to work in challenging installation spaces that include special requirements for retrofits in hazardous zones.

NETSCo, along with Choice Ballast Solutions, offers consulting and advisory services specifically for compliance with BWMS requirements. These include:

  • Compliance Strategy and USCG Extension Applications
  • Fleet Retrofit Assessments
  • Feasibility Studies and BWMS Selection (over 75)
  • 3D Scanning & Vessel Surveys
  • BWMS Design Engineering
  • Detailed Design Packages
  • Project Management
  • Operations, Training & VGP Testing Services

Our goal is to support the shipowner in all phases of planning and retrofit projects around the world to comply with the IMO BWM Convention. We deliver the most thorough installation, compliance, and project management and operations oversight through the entire retrofit process.

Scrubber Marine Engineering Services

With MARPOL SO2 regulation approaching, there are a range of different options that vary in complexity and cost, for shipowners to comply with the lower sulphur emission limits. The use of scrubbers has been identified as a valid option to ensure reduced emissions (with a maximum of 0.1% sulphur oxide content).

Our scrubber retrofit solutions are tailored to the specific requirements of our clients and their ships. Services can include a feasibility study to analyze fuel alternatives or scrubbers, the initial planning phase documentation, basic and detail engineering, as well as installation and commissioning; we offer any or all of these services depending on the needs of the shipowner.

Our 3D scanning service allows for NETSCo engineers to minimize modification requirements to the vessel and determine an optimal placement of the scrubber and any necessary piping. In addition, NETSCo’s trained personnel can involve the shipyard during the installation process, including procurement of materials required for this complex task.

After performing the vessel retrofit we will test the scrubber to ensure that it is functioning properly while assuring the shipowner that the new equipment is installed and operating according to the compliance requirements of the Class Society during commissioning.

Hybrid Technology Marine Engineering Services

The objective of using hybrid technology is to reduce emissions and improve efficiency in producing energy. With the imminent stricter environmental regulations on carbon emissions and greater uncertainty about fuel prices, shipowners are under increasing pressure to be compliant environmentally while reducing costs and maximize a return on their investment.

Our maritime engineers keep themselves well-informed on the latest developments and regulations on hybrid technology. With a goal toward designing a vessel with low resistance and minimal power requirements the development of hybrid technology can take advantage of increased fuel efficiency, as well as significant reductions in noise, vibration and the ship’s carbon footprint compared to fuel-base systems. For example, as in the case of ferry operators, hybrid technology can offer a clear economic benefit through lower fuel consumption and improved equipment reliability.

NETSCo can provide feasibility studies on the maximum efficient, environmentally-friendly system for an individual vessel with an eye toward emission control compliance with the most stringent international environmental regulations. Our engineering group will survey or scan your vessel to find the spacing options for the chosen propulsion system providing an easy integration and retrofit. We can provide assistance documentation and approvals with regulatory agencies. Other services include:

  • Power and Propulsion System Architecture
  • Analysis on the Application of Hybrid Technology on the Vessel
  • Analysis of Speed and Pitch
  • Power Management Through Operation Load Estimation
  • Optimal Load Leveling
  • Basic and Detailed Integration Engineering for Hybrid Technology
  • Documentation and Regulatory Compliance Assistance
  • Sea Trials and Commissioning

Water and Wastewater Marine Engineering Services

Wastewater treatment requires a deep understanding of mechanical, electrical, structural, and chemical engineering, as well as a thorough knowledge of the latest technologies. NETSCo’s engineering team can develop waste flow models to evaluate the input and output of water flows as a function of the ship’s operating parameters. We will evaluate and recommend the planning, design, and operating solution for the integration of solid waste management equipment and the management of all liquid wastes on the ship. Our services also include:

  • Waste Disposal Cost Assessment
  • Mechanical Engineering for Equipment Design
  • System Integration and Installation Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering for Reaction and Mixing Systems
  • Project Management
  • Equipment Regulatory Documentation and Operations Manuals

Mud-Out™ Ballast Tank Clean Up

Developed specifically for the marine industry, Mud-Out™ is a special formulated chemical designed to help disperse and remove mud, even the heavy buildup of mud sometimes found in ballast tanks or cooling systems. When used regularly, Mud-Out will help prevent further accumulations of mud.

Mud-Out™has been proven in dozens of different applications over a wide variety of industries. Some of the more popular uses are: once-through cooling systems on ships, all types of ballast tanks, potable water tanks and floating dry docks. Portable injections systems are available, or various manual means can be employed to clean out existing mud deposits.