BIO-UV, is now Type-Approved

Press Release
Thursday, February 28, 2013

BIO-UV went beyond the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements for Ballast Water Treatment (BWTS).


Indeed both requirements were met: the land tests where various and numerous filtration cycles were required, as well as the on-board testing for 2 different vessels (one on board the CMA-CGM with 1000 m3/h, the other on board the Marfret with 500 m3/h). Moreover, the tests that took place during the summer of 2012 at the MERC in Balitimore, MD, USA offered many different challenges representing various port water qualities allowing us to further our knowledge.

This success for BIO-UV represents almost 3 years of work and 3 Million Euros in R&D. BIO-UV is also the only company in France dedicated to the BWT.

Through the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (a.k.a. BWM Convention) and in accordance with the G8 IMO Guidelines, BIO-UV is awarded the Type Approval from Bureau Veritas, mandated by the French government, for its BWTS BIO-SEA. Ms. Charlene Ceresola, BIO-UV’s BWT Project Manager, is a biological engineer and is working with the French delegation on the IMO International Convention.

For 13 years, BIO-UV has been designing, manufacturing, and offering competitive and well-adapted solutions for many applications: waste water treatment, REUSE, purification of industrial effluents, drinking water production, water treatment for residential and commercial pools, aquariums, etc. … and now Ballast Water Treatment.

The management's experience in water treatment and engineering fields enables this European company to gain a place amongst the market leaders in all UV-C technologies providing safe and efficient solutions to ensure the best water quality.

BIO-SEA by BIO-UV Ballast Water Treatment Systems combine mechanical filtration and UV disinfection. BIO-SEA  works without chemical products and provides 2 filtration options, both of which are type approved.

The whole certification process has been monitored by Bureau Veritas. BIO-UV should obtain other equivalent Type-Approvals soon: DNV, Lloyd’s, ABS…

Environmental testing (temperature, humidity, vibration, inclination, power, variation, and failure, EMC) was successfully performed in 2011, as well as land-based tests at DHI facility in Denmark. The results exceeded IMO requirements.

In partnership with CMA-CGM, and Marfret, in order to test the BIO-SEA  system in different water qualities, BIO-UV carried out its shipboard testing in 2012 on 2 container ships equipped with different filters, at 1000 and 500 m3/h and on different trade routes (Korea / China / Indonesia and North Europe / America / Australia).

With these successful tests, BIO-UV received its Type Approval in record time. During this process, BIO-UV has received support through the European Fund for Regional Development, Oséo, and Languedoc-Roussillon Region in Southern France.

For more than one year, BIO-UV and Mr. Xavier Deval who manages the BIO-SEA department have developed a certified network of Distributors with Sales & Technical partners in order to deliver top-quality service to Ship Owners and Naval yards.


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