The new M-Series has a wide range of flow rates up to 2,100 m3/h but has fewer ultraviolet lamps and a smaller footprint. It is available in skid-mounted form for newbuildings, but also comes in modular form for retrofit installations where space may be at a premium.
The system can process waters of high turbidity by automatically increasing power and reducing flow rate without manual intervention, the company said. This ensures that the system always operates effectively in waters with different characteristics. The M-Series’ holding time is also shorter than any of its competitors and has been approved by all major classification societies.
BIO-SEA Business Director, Xavier Deval, commented: “This is a huge development in ballast water treatment. With the M-Series, we see a significant benefit in terms of size, capacity, and installation simplicity. A manifold-free design allows shipowners to optimise installation time and costs dramatically, while keeping the number of reactors to an absolute minimum; only one or two depending on the required flow rate.”
Speaking at an online press conference this week, founder, president and CEO, Benoit Gillmann, said that the company estimates as many as 35,000 ballast water systems may be required between now and September 2024, the cut-off date for new installations. Careful preparation by owners and operators would be essential, he warned, while ship repair capacity could come under pressure.
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