Flow Water Technologies has teamed up with Frederick University of Cyprus to launch the first academic and practical crew training ballast water treatment technology course in the world.
The academy is based at Flow Water Technologies’ facilities in Limassol and will use the same low frequency FlowSafe unit that was sent to Denmark for type-approval testing.
It is modified to incorporate all the current ballast water treatment methodologies to include filters, UV and electro-chlorination.
According to Flow Water Technologies chief executive Mark Hadfield, the aim is to teach ship crew, the testers and the trainers the correct methodologies for dealing with ballast water equipment in a safe environment.
“I want to give something back to the industry. This is a not-for-profit exercise. Flow Water is based in the centre of the Limassol maritime hub and it makes sense for crew to train here using an adapted FlowSafe unit,” he told Ballast Water Treatment Technology in an exclusive interview.
The education side is run by six qualified Frederick University tutors and can handle up to 20 pupils at a time. The cost of the course is discounted for Flow Water users, but the adaptations to the FlowSafe unit means it can be used to train crew and inspectors on a wide range of treatments.
The tie-up with Frederick University means that crew will be able to study in Limassol, rather than having to travel 90 minutes into Nicosia.