BWTS Technology Adapted to Fight COVID-19

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

April 21, 2020

(Image: U.S. CDC)

(Image: U.S. CDC)

France-based BIO-UV Group said its technology used to kill invasive species found in ships’ ballast water tanks can also be used to protect seafarers, health workers and first-responders from picking up the coronavirus from surfaces.

The company behind the ultra-violet light technology based BIO-SEA ballast water treatment said it is developing a surface disinfection scanner system that could be ready for market introduction by the end of May.

The 50cm handheld device emits a ray of UV-C which is passed over the surface, taking only seconds to disinfect the scanned area, and can be used to kill the coronavirus from sickbay/hospital beds, tables, computer keyboards, furniture and all other surfaces. A prototype is currently being independently verified.

In parallel, BIO-UV Group subsidiary TRIOGEN is developing of a disinfection system for wet surfaces using ozone.

BIO-UV Group’s founder and CEO Benoít Gillmann said, “We mobilized our R&D team to develop a system of disinfection for surfaces intended, as a priority, for all nursing staff. However, the technology has potential application in other sectors.”

BIO-UV Group is verifying the capabilities, performance and reliability of the prototype in two CE-approved laboratories.

“Since April 6, progress has been made in the completion of a prototype, the performance of which is currently being tested in compliance with the strictest of international standards,” Gillmann said.

“The aim of this testing is to validate the system’s capacity to disinfect and to eliminate all types of microorganisms using UV-C technology. Once this testing has been finalized, a second laboratory will work over the next few weeks on testing the efficacy of the system in eliminating Covid-19.”

If the UV-C scanner’s efficiency is successfully demonstrated, it could be introduced to medical personnel and healthcare workers from the end of May.

“At a later stage, the system will be marketed to other industrial sectors, including the maritime sector to help safeguard our seafarers from being infected. Marketing will go ahead once CE marking has been obtained,” Gillmann said.

“The objective of this development is to ensure people are working in safe, clean environments and to reassure those coming out of confinement,” he said.

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