The introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) via ships’ ballast water is an increasingly disastrous ecological issue. Numerous mechanical, physical and chemical treatments that may reduce such occurrences are presently being investigated. The 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments is the major driving force for the development and adaptation of ballast water treatment systems.
The SiCURE system combines physical separation with a proprietary process of on-demand treatment with biocides produced in-situ from seawater. SiCURE proprietary control logic regulates the system's parameters to provide treatment efficacy while minimizing any impact on the environment and the safety of the ship and its crew. As part of the rigorous IMO approval process, the SiCURE system successfully underwent freshwater testing. It is currently being saltwater tested, which will lead to Final Approval. The last approval stage, Type Approval, is expected to be given in 2011. The SiCURE system will be featured in the Siemens booth at the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Maritime Equipment (SMM) trade show in September 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.
Water treatment equipment is an important part of the Siemens Industry Solutions Division’s complete marine technology product offering. Siemens also specializes in the design, manufacture and commissioning of electrical equipment for all types of merchant vessels, naval vessels and submarines worldwide. This includes turnkey projects and conversions and covers the entire ship's life cycle.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent marine pollution from ships. It is also involved in legal matters, including liability and compensation issues and the facilitation of international maritime traffic. It currently has 169 Member States