Choice Ballast Solutions is a blend of theoretical engineering and practical experience with first-hand knowledge of ballast water management systems including:

  • IMO and USCG regulations
  • extensive vessel survey
  • retrofit experience

Choice puts the client first in a relationship-building process that is highly organic, fluid and iterative.

Choice has working knowledge of shipyards and dry dockings. Choice delivers service solutions with a customer-focused attitude.

With Netsco's extensive access to ship owners, ship yards and repair yards, Choice Ballast Solutions can retrofit vessels in shipyard, dry dock, quay side and underway .

Rich Mueller, President and CEO of Netsco founded Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a maritime service company to bridge the gap between survey and service in the ballast waste sector.

Netsco is a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm with more than two centuries of combined in-house experience.

The Choice Comprehensive Solution for Ballast Water Treatment

Contaminated ballast water is a global environmental threat to local sea-life, wildlife, and to the quality of local water supplies. Hard shell invasive species, such as zebra mussels, also cause significant damage to beaches, municipal wastewater treatment systems, and to a ship's propulsion systems.  The International Maritime Organization is working to pass legislation and the U.S. Coast Guard has released its Final Rule, mandating installation of shipboard systems that will contain and mitigate this threat.

Choice is a blend of theoretical engineering and practical experience with first-hand knowledge of ballast water management systems, IMO and USCG regulations, extensive vessel survey and retrofit experience.  With working knowledge of shipyards and dry dockings, Choice delivers service solutions with a customer-focused attitude.  Choice, backed by the Netsco staff of capable engineers and draftsmen, is ready to help you implement ballast solutions onboard your vessel or fleet today.

Choice Provides Ballast Solutions For You

Choice serves vessel owners, operators, and suppliers of ballast water management systems.

Choice has a well-rounded group of field engineers, technicians, service personnel that allow us to respond.  All personnel are highly skilled and trained to identify opportunities to assist customers to solve problems.

The Choice advantage is our ability to quickly deploy a technical team to assess the ships’ systems, interface with suppliers’ technical team and sales specialists; and respond to key decision makers with accurate and timely data.

Choice offers installation surveys, design engineering, drawing preparation, submittal and approval, certification assistance, field engineering, startup and commissioning, and field service.

Knowledge And Experience

  • Marine engineering, structural, piping and electrical systems
  • Ballast water management systems and IMO MWM 2004 Convention
  • U.S. Coast Guard Final Rule and Class requirements
  • Retrofit of vessels in dry dock at shipyard, quay side and/or underway
  • Extensive access to ship owners, ship yards and repair yards

Comprehensive Services

  • Certification assistance
  • Installation surveys
  • Design engineering
  • Drawing development, submission and approval
  • Field engineering
  • Startup and commissioning
  • Field service

Expert Professional Staff

  • Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
  • Field Engineers and Drafting Personnel
  • Certified Service Technicians