US Coast Guard (USCG) type-approval of PureBallast 2.0 will allow vessels with Alfa Laval’s second-generation ballast water management system to trade in US waters without hindrance
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center announced it has issued the 39th US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type-approval certificate to Alfa Laval Tumba AB, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type-approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.
The treatment principle of the PureBallast 2.0 BWMS is based on filtration and UV treatment at intake and UV treatment at discharge. This approval covers six models with maximum treatment rated capacities of between 250 m3and 2,500 m3.
The USCG states the operational limitations for PureBallast 2.0 as:
The USCG certification also stated that the PureBallast 2.0 BWMS has not been verified to meet the requirements of 46 CFR Subchapters F and J. This means the BWMS may not be installed on a US-flag vessel. The explosion-proof version, PureBallast 2.0 Ex, may be installed in hazardous locations on a foreign-flag vessel subject to approval of the foreign administration.
The USCG had already given type-approval to the latest third-generation PureBallast 3 in 2019. The granting of type-approval for the second generation will allow vessels with the earlier generation system to trade in US waters without hindrance.
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