BIO-Sea units are also being fitted to nine 22,000 teu CMA CGM vessels under construction in China.
“The successful installation and commissioning of the 2000m3/h capacity BIO-SEA unit to this new flagship, together with newbuild and retrofit installations planned in coming months, puts CMA CGM very much ahead in the game,” commented BIO-UV Group ceo and president Benoit Gillmann.
“We anticipate a significant spike in ballast water retrofits over the next two to three years,’ he added, saying that BIO-Sea targets taking a 5% share over the next six years of a combined retrofit and newbuild market “worth more than €7.5bn”.
One of the main advantages claimed for BIO-SEA, which has received both USCG and IMO approval, is its short lead time, with supply possible “within 8 to 12 weeks” depending on the size of the system. This is because each unit is designed and manufactured completely in-house, says the company, at its production plant in Lunel, France.
The BIO-Sea system is described as incorporates two separate technologies in a single, fully automated skid-mounted or modular unit: a screen filter designed to clean ballast water by reducing suspended particles, followed by a patented UV-based disinfection technology which treats the water and eliminates all microorganisms without the addition of chemicals or active substances.
With one 22kW UV lamp able to treat flow rates of 150m3/h, BIO-SEA’s overall footprint is described as minimal compared to other UV-based BWTS technologies.