Recent market developments show a shift in thinking when it comes to ballast water treatment systems for tankers and other large vessels. Today more and more ship owners see advantages in choosing UV ballast water treatment over electrochlorination for large flows, even with respect to power consumption and footprint.
Recent clarifications of US Coast Guard policy show that care is needed when choosing a ballast water treatment system. For long-term compliance, the choice of supplier can be as important as the choice of the system itself.
Norwegian ballast water treatment manufacturer Optimarin has demonstrated confidence in its system technology, based on filtration and UV treatment, by offering customers a five-year guarantee covering parts and servicing all around the world.
Greece’s ERMA FIRST reports it has become the first full flow electrolysis Ballast Water Treatment System vendor to receive US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for its BWTS FIT equipment.
As shipping moves towards innovations such as autonomous vessels the US Coast Guard (USCG) warns that the industry needs to take cyber security seriously to avoid regulation.
A survey of owners and operators that have fitted ballast water management systems (BWMS) by classification society ABS found that some 43% were considered “inoperable” or “problematic”.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) says no threat has been found after a Maersk boxship in the Port of Charleston was investigated for a possible “dirty bomb”.
A container terminal in the Port of Charleston has been evacuated over a potential threat of a “dirty bomb” onboard a Maersk Line boxship.