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Ballast Water Ballast Water

Treatment: Treatment:

Are You on Course for Compliance?



Joined up thinking from two marine technology suppliers addresses impending legislation for Ballast Water Treatment and offers a practical solution for monitoring and recording the correct discharge of ballast water, in real-time.

he International Maritime Or- ganizations 2004 Ballast Wa- ter Management Convention

T lays down strict guidelines for the treatment and discharge of ballast water. Already in force as of January 1, 2015 in U.S. waters, universal rati? ca- tion is expected to occur during the next six months. The new legislation, which will require tens of thousands of ships to be retro? tted with new systems for Bal- last Water Treatment, has caused much debate within the marine industry.

To date, discussion has largely centered around which type of treatment technol- ogy is most suited to the task. However, this has overshadowed two very impor- tant aspects of the new regulations which must form part of the overall treatment regime in order to be effective in ensur- ing environmental compliance: point of discharge measurement and recording and reporting of treatment activities.

The new rules are governed by strict liability laws, meaning that operators or owners can be considered guilty without ? nding of fault. The authorities need only prove that the event occurred, with vessel owners being held responsible for the discharge. Consequently there is a very real need for a measurement and recording system that quickly and reli- ably reports on the ef? cacy of the ballast water treatment plant.

A new joint development between PSM

Instrumentation and Chelsea Technolo- gies Group aims to address these impor- tant issues and to provide clear evidence of compliance when required to do so.

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