New Offshore Vessel to be Fitted with Cathelco BWTS
The Harvey Stone (Hull 234), a Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV), with a length of 64.8m and 18m beam, is due to be delivered in Q2 2016.
The Cathelco BWT system is based on a combination of filtration and UV technology and has a capacity of 150m3/hr.
Cathelco’s well established agent in New Orleans, Green Marine & Industrial Equipment Co.,Inc.,won the order.
The Cathelco system received IMO Type Approval in May 2014 and went on to gain AMS Acceptance from the U.S. Coast Guard a few months later.
“We are one of the few BWT system manufacturers using UV technology that has no restrictions on the salinities in which ships can operate in U.S. waters. Our system has been approved and accepted to work in marine, brackish and fresh water, allowing vessels to enter the Great Lakes and other inland waterways,” said Peter Smith, sales director of Cathelco.
As one of the new generation of BWT systems it can operate effectively in the most challenging water conditions.
The AMS approval recognizes that the system will continue to disinfect heavily silted seawater where UV light transmittance values are as low as 45 percent (75 percent being the value for normal seawater).
“All of these factors, combined with the stringent IMO test procedures, demonstrate our commitment to future proofing the system, so that owners can have confidence in their ballast water treatment system selection,” Smith explained.
Cathelco’s BWT systems are available with capacities from 34m3/hr to 1,200m3/hr in a single unit. In order to maintain its effectiveness, the system automatically adjusts to different sea water qualities. Unlike some systems which simply measure turbidity (amount of suspended sediment), the Cathelco system uses a UVT sensor to measure UV light transmittance – the amount of UV radiation actually passing through the seawater. This is a far more reliable parameter for calculating the UV dose as well as ensuring that power is used economically.