Following the news last year that Desmi Ocean Guard's ballast water management system (BWMS) was undergoing class type-approval testing overseen by Lloyd’s Register for both IMO and USCG’s ballast water treatment standards, the group has announced its CompactClean system has achieved IMO approval.
On 21 September 2018 Desmi Ocean Guard’s CompactClean BWMS received IMO type-approval according to the IMO Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (resolution MEPC.300(72)), also often referred to as the revised G8.
The approval was issued by Lloyd’s Register on behalf of the Danish Environmental Agency and the Danish Maritime Authority.
IMO type-approval is the first step in the planned approval process for the CompactClean BWMS, which will now continue with the issuance of a Lloyd’s Register type-approval certificate, and the submission of a full application for US Coast Guard (USCG) type-approval within a couple of weeks.
The CompactClean BWMS is undergoing approval according to ATEX and IECEx requirements for installation in hazardous zones, eg oil and chemical tankers, and this approval is expected before the end of 2018.
“We are very happy to achieve this major milestone in the CompactClean approval process. The system has performed very well throughout the more than 18 months’ testing, and we are very satisfied with the proven performance and the reliability of the system,” explained Desmi Ocean Guard chief executive Rasmus Folsø.
He continued “The system is currently being installed on several vessels and we received very positive feedback from involved shipowners and operators, who appreciate the simplicity of the system, which is a big benefit both during installation of the system, but also in daily operation.”
The CompactClean BWMS consists of an automatic backflushing filter, a UV unit, valves, sensors and controls.
The system includes automatic generation of PDF reports that document all the performed ballast water treatment operations, in a format suitable for submission to local port authorities and others.
The system also includes a pump that can be used as a stripping pump under ballast stripping operations, thus solving one of the main problems for ballast water management system installations today.
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