Alfa Laval BWTS: USCG Type Approval Application Filed
After completion of land-based tests with marine, brackish and fresh water – all using the current ballast water treatment system design – a test report package for PureBallast has now been finalized by the independent lab DNV GL. Consequently, Alfa Laval has filed its type approval application with the US Coast Guard for the PureBallast 3 family. Alfa Laval is headed for US Coast Guard type approval in ballast water treatment. As expected, the company completed all tests of PureBallast during the summer of this year.
ABS Updates BWT Guidance
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has updated the ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment to support industry in the design and installation of ballast water management solutions that meet both regulatory and operational requirements. “As vessel owners and operators prepare for the implementation of the recently ratified IMO (International Maritime Organization) Ballast Water Management Convention, they need guidance from a trusted advisor like ABS.
Alfa Laval’s PureBallast Passes the 10-year Mark
Finland’s ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention came just days before the 10-year anniversary of the launch of Alfa Laval’s PureBallast. On September 15, Alfa Laval marked the passage of 10 years since its PureBallast was released in 2006, when the global introduction of ballast water treatment requirements had then seemed imminent. New exactly one decade later, that milestone has been passed. Meanwhile, PureBallast…
De Nora BWTS in Brokerage Agreement with MARCAS
Electrochemical technologies firm De Nora has announced a brokerage agreement with MARCAS, a buying group for the maritime industry. The deal means that MARCAS members representing close to 1,700 vessels can access aggregate purchasing deals with De Nora for its BALPURE ballast water treatment system (BWTS) and spare parts at a discount. MARCAS obtains the best value products and services for its members, with a commitment to price, quality, assured supply and delivery, and technical innovation. The agreement with De Nora extends to both newbuild and retrofit markets.
Evolution BWT System Begins USCG Shipboard Tests
Cathelco announced that its Evolution ballast water treatment (BWT) system has begun shipboard testing for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval. The system has been installed on the Svendborg Strait a 1,085 TEU containership owned by Carsten Rehder of Hamburg. “From the start of this project to the final completion we appreciate the care and attention to detail from Cathelco, leading to a smooth, trouble free installation. We are very pleased with the outcome and look forward to continuing our relationship with Cathelco,” said Julian Glogowski, technical director at Carsten Rehder.
Over the Finnish Line
Finland ratified the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC), raising the percentage of world tonnage to 35.1441% and the number of ratifying countries to 52. This means that the hurdle of 30 countries representing 35% of the world’s merchant fleet has now been met and on September 8, 2017 (one year from now), the BWMC will enter into force. While the approval process for this new regime – meant to protect local ecosystems from the impacts of invasive species – took a very long time, it may still come too soon for some owners.
Lloydâ€™s Register Releases Guide on Ballast Water Treatment
Lloydâ€™s Register has released a new Guide to Ballast Water Treatment Technology that provides an independent and impartial description and appraisal of commercially available and developing technologies for ballast water treatment. It is the result of work conducted by the internationally respected Center for Water Science at Cranfield University, UK on behalf of Lloydâ€™s Register. The treatment of ballast water is one of the most significant environmental and operational challenges facing the marine industry today. In the face of new legislation, ship operators will need to choose a ballast water management solution that will work for them. The new Guide is intended to provide an overview of the current status of ballast water treatment technologies.
ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Installation of BWT Systems
Classification society ClassNK has just released amendments to its Guidelines on the Installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. The latest Guidelines include alterations to the application date of the ballast water performance standard, additions and modifications of definitions, and a revision of standards for installation of ballast water treatment systems. The IMO developed and adopted The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments…
Hyde Marine, Goltens Enter Engineering Agreement
Hyde Marine, Inc., announced today it has launched an agreement with Goltens Green Technologies division to help shipowners determine how to best fit the chemical free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) onto its existing vessels. Hyde Marine’s partnership with Goltens will allow shipowners to benefit from precision 3D laser scanning and modeling, which helps eliminate complications during the BWTS installation process on existing vessels. Laser scanning provides an accurate and efficient solution for fitting BWT systems onboard and mitigates risks associated with manual measurement and fabrication onboard. Hyde Marine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, is one of the world’s fastest growing ballast water treatment (BWT) technology companies.
Ballast Water Treatment Systems
The U.S. Coast Guard seeks consultation with interested and affected parties in establishing a program to approve ballast water treatment systems. The intent is to ensure that ballast water treatment systems approved for use on vessels will meet the ballast water discharge standard the Coast Guard will be implementing in the near future. Comments and related material should be submitted by December 3, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 47453 (August 5, 2004).
Wärtsilä, Trojan Ballast Water Treatment
Wärtsilä Corporation and Trojan Technologies have signed an exclusive agreement to jointly develop, market, and distribute a ballast water treatment product for ships. The two companies will gain synergistic benefits from the combined strength of Wärtsilä's global reach and presence in the marine market, and from Trojan Technologies' leadership and experience in developing ultraviolet treatment solutions. The ballast water treatment product is presently in pre-production, with third-party validation to take place in late 2010. The innovative ballast water treatment product is expected to enter the market at the end of the year. Changing regulations in the marine industry have driven the need for this new ballast water treatment product.
ERMA FIRST Debunks 10 BWT Myths
ERMA FIRST’s International Sales Manager, Leif Erik Caspersen, during his presentation at Green4Sea Forum, which was held on Wednesday, April 22, at Eugenides Foundation. Ship owners organizations will force IMO to postpone the ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM). This myth was debunked, as it was clarified that this is not going to happen. With all the ballast water being carried around the world, it is too late to protect the environment».
Ballast Water Rules Create Conundrum for Shipowners
Speaking today before a conference on ballast water treatment regulation, World Shipping Council President Chris Koch outlined the conundrum facing the maritime industry caused by the lack of any globally accepted ballast water treatment technology. While there is general, global acceptance of the IMO’s ballast water treatment discharge standard, there is today no globally accepted ballast water treatment technology that meets that standard – meaning that vessel operators could face an enormous capital investment in treatment technology that may be insufficient to meet regulatory obligations. “If the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force before U.S.
Ecochlor BWTS Selected for 8 Bulk Carriers
W Marine, Inc. has selected Ecochlor, Inc. to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on two newbuild 82,000 DWT bulk carriers that will be constructed in China by Sainty Marine Corporation, Ltd. In addition, W Marine has secured an option for six additional systems to be retrofit onto its existing fleet. Ecochlor’s president, Tom Perlich, said, “We are very pleased to be awarded a fleet agreement with W Marine. Through the extensive selection process we appreciated the commitment of W Marine to fully complying with all environmental regulations.
USCG Accepts BWTS as Alternate Management Systems
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the acceptance of nine ballast water treatment systems today as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) in compliance with the service’s March 2012 final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged (SLOSBWD) in U.S. waters. AMS acceptance by the Coast Guard is a temporary designation given to a ballast water treatment system approved by a foreign administration. Vessel operators may use an AMS to manage their ballast water discharges in lieu of ballast water exchange, while the treatment system undergoes approval testing to Coast Guard standards. An AMS may be used to meet the…
Senate Committee OKs Ballast Water Bill
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today voted unanimously to approve the “Ballast Water Management Act of 2005” (S. 363), introduced by Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and co-sponsored by Senators Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Maryland), and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii). The legislation would amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to establish a new, national approach to addressing invasive species in ballast water. Under the Manager’s Amendment approved today, the Coast Guard is authorized to direct $20 million annually, in fiscal years 2006 through 2010, toward invasive species mitigation.
ALPURE Ballast Water Treatment System Successfully Completes Corrosion Testing Program
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. – 9 March 2011 – The BALPURE ballast water treatment systemfrom Severn Trent De Nora satisfies corrosion test recommendations of the IMO MEPC 59/2/16. The corrosion testing, performed by an independent third-party institute, proved the BALPURE system has no effect on coated steel, naval bronze and Cu-Ni alloys. Testing proved an insignificant effect on bare steel – so small that the acceleration of corrosion due to the presence of free chlorine has minimal practical implications in ballast tanks.
Alfa Laval's PureBallast Receives Type Approval
PureBallast, Alfa Laval’s chemical-free system for ballast water treatment, has now received full Ballast Water Type Approval from DNV on behalf of Norwegian authorities. The certification, which was issued on June 27th, confirms that PureBallast complies in full with pending ballast water treatment legislation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Alfa Laval’s PureBallast system, which has been purchased for installation aboard more then 25 vessels since its launch in 2006, has rapidly established itself as the commercial leader in ballast water treatment. Now, having received full Ballast Water Type Approval on June 27th, it is also the only solution without chemical treatment processes to be certified IMO-compliant.
MHI Order for Ballast Water Treatment System
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order from Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) for conversion and installation work of a ballast water treatment system on NYK's Auriga Leader, a pure car/truck carrier built by MHI and already in service. The work on order, to be completed by the end of June, will be performed at MHI's Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works in Kanagawa Prefecture, where the Yokohama Ship Repair & Marine Engineering Department and the "Ballast Water Treatment Project Team" are located.
Alfa Laval Bolsters BWTS Retrofit Training
The retrofit market for ballast water treatment systems is poised to boom in the coming years, says Alfa Laval, who is actively training its network of engineering partners for its PureBallast system in order to ensure that requisite design and installation skills are in place to meet demand. When the retrofit market for ballast water treatment systems gains speed, the ability of suppliers to deliver treatment systems will only be one part of satisfying it. Specific knowledge and skills will also have to be in place among design and installation partners. For this reason, Alfa Laval has developed a comprehensive training program for engineering companies preparing to work with PureBallast.
BWT Company Boosts Equity
Ballast water treatment plant manfufacturers Ecochlor, Inc. announced today that it recently completed a $4.1 million equity financing to support its growth into the burgeoning ballast water treatment market. Investors participating in the financing included Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation, the shipping subsidiary of the Japanese trading company, Sojitz Corporation, and a number of individual investors. Sojitz invested $1.8 million. Since its formation in 2001, Ecochlor has raised over $12 million in equity. The company’s Ballast Water Treatment Systems use chlorine dioxide technology, which has been used in water treatment and industrial applications for decades, to disinfect water used as ballast on ships.
BWT Asia Pacific Market Booms
New 'Ballast Water Treatment Market in Asia-Pacific' reports 2011 revenues of over US$214.6-million estimated to reach US$3.63-billion in 2017. The ballast water management (BWM) guidelines set by the International Marine Organization (IMO) has kick-started a fresh industry within the shipping sector, as ship owners look to adopt ballast water systems within their vessels. Water treatment companies have found a whole new market ready for penetration and are eager to carve their place in it. "The number of countries endorsing BWM is growing, as member nations of the IMO understand the impact cross-ocean contamination has on local marine biodiversity," saidFrost & Sullivan Research Associate Prashanth Kay.
California SLC Recommends Delay BWT Standards
The California State Lands Commission's (SLC) report '2013 Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability, and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Systems for Use in California Waters' concludes that no shipboard ballast water treatment systems are currently available to meet all of California’s performance standards for the discharge of ballast water. Commission staff reviewed 75 shipboard ballast water treatment systems for this analysis, however, significant limitations in the existing data hamper the ability of Commission staff to determine if shipboard ballast water treatment systems are available to meet California’s performance standards.