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The issue of ballast water treat- USCG type approval. Installing a USCG investment, today and going forward, have a solution that is tested and proven ment and leading regulations is one that type approved system ensures that you in the BWM solution. to the highest standards. is still unclear to many owners and op- can operate your vessel anywhere in the Evoqua is currently undertak- We are also investing in our people, erators. We continually try to keep up world. ing USCG type approval testing in the partner network and facilities to make to date with the market developments USA with the NSF and MERC testing sure that we are ready when the market so that we can provide the best counsel Please give an overview of Evoqua’s facilities; investment ensures that we needs us. for our customers. At the moment, there are changes on an almost weekly basis.
The recent USCG rejection on the most probable number (MPN) test method, the closer steps to rati? cation, and be- fore Christmas the lawsuit initiated by environmental groups in the US Court
The heart of a of Appeals (Natural Resources Defense
Council et al v. EPA et al, 2nd U.S. Cir- destroyer lies cuit Court of Appeals, Nos. 13-1745, 13-2392, 13-2757), all combine to create in every vessel confusion in this sector. we touch.
When you discuss Ballast Water Man- agement systems with vessel owners, how would you characterize their main question and concerns?
Owners have a number of is- sues. As this is certainly a non-revenue generating expense, one of the ques- tions will always be cost. Not only cost to purchase but also to install, run and maintain. The more savvy owners are de? nitely looking at the total cost of ownership. After the total cost comes the question of reliability and with that service. Ships operate worldwide around the clock 365 days a year. Owners want to know that if an issue arises, the manu- facturer will be there to quickly resolve the problem and ensure the ship meets its schedule.
The most recent concern we are learn- ing about is about the longevity of the company behind the system. Given that dozens of new companies have entered the market looking to capitalize on the upcoming demand, owners want to be sure that the company behind the tech- nology is stable and going to be around for the lifetime of the vessel.
If you see confusion and uncertainty in the market, what do you see as the top ways in which this confusion and ul?o?u0o-|?b|_|_;v-l;ro?;u?v;70?|_;Cm;v|lb?b|-u?v_brvl uncertainty could be removed?
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