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I expect 10 systems to be type approved by end of 2017.
– Jad Mouawad,
Consultant, BWT as Ballast Water as Ballast Water
Weighs on Shipowners its ? rst “type approval” for a BWT solution, the Optimarin worries about long-term compliance have been assuaged.
Ballast System, which irradiates organisms with ultraviolet However, uncertainties are far from over; the IMO’s “G-8” (UV) rays. Just prior to Christmas, type approvals were an- guidelines are set for a re-write in the coming year when the nounced for two additional systems – Alfa Laval’s PureBal- IMO’s environmental committee meets, and scientists con- last 3 system (which also uses UV) and OceanSaver’s BWTS tinue to quibble over testing procedures.
MKII (deploying an electro-chlorination process). Consultant In a nutshell, owners of deepsea vessels trading internation-
Jad Mouawad told MLPro, “I expect 10 systems to be type ally will be required to manage their ballast water according to approved by end of 2017.” Separately, and according to ABS requisite standards, detailed in a vessel-speci? c management
Regional VP Michael Michaud, it is possible if not very likely plan. For most owners of tonnage already on the water, this that as many as 12 BWT systems in total could be approved means that they will need to install a system to treat vessel bal- by the end of the year. last water, prior to discharge overboard, sometime during 2017
With the type approvals (in contrast to earlier USCG alterna- to 2022 – with the requisite timing depending on the expiry tive approvals, with a ? ve year duration), one set of shipowner of a vessel’s “IOPP certi? cate” (a document evidencing pol- www.maritimelogisticsprofessional.com 47