On 9 September IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention was finally ratified putting it into force from 8 September 2017. This heightened concerns from shipowners that the US Coast Guard (USCG), which has more stringent rules, was yet to give permanent approval to any systems currently on the market.
Norwegian BWTS manufacturer Optimarin said its system had satisfied the USCG’s stringent testing criteria for fresh, brackish and marine water and that classification society DNV GL has now submitted documentation on its behalf, with full type approval expected in the fourth quarter of the year.
If Optimarin does gain USCG full type approval for its system in the fourth it would be the first to do so.
“For shipowners with global fleets and a need for flexibility, the ability to operate in US waters is a must. So, for them, having a compliant system is a ticket to trade,” commented Tore Andersen ceo of Optimarin.
“Our established technology delivers just that, while our installation and retrofit expertise provides complete peace of mind. We believe we’re now the clear choice for our segments.”
Andersen said that as result of its USCG testing the company had enjoyed its best year in business with contracts for over 100 systems.
Optimarin has received orders for around 500 of its systems, which utilise a combination of filtration and 35kW UV lamps to treat ballast water. Some 280 systems have been installed including close to 100 retrofits.
Last week Wärtsilä said it was confident of getting full USCG type approval for its two BWTS products in 2017.