The Norwegian Maritime Authority has granted IMO BWMS Code (MEPC.300(72) / revised 2016 G8) standards code approval to the entire range of Ecochlor ballast water management systems (BWMS).
The certificate for the revised 2016 G8 standard covers Ecochlor BWMSs with flow rates of between 500 m3/hour and 16,200 m3/hour. As a result, vessel owners may continue to install Ecochlor’s BWMS after the IMO BWMS Code October 28, 2020 deadline.
After 28 October 2020, all vessels installing a BWMS must comply with the international BWMS Code. Approval pursuant to the previous G8 guidelines (MEPC.174(58)) will no longer be acceptable. Ecochlor joins a limited number of BWMS manufacturers in providing G8 compliance to shipowners.
“This latest regulatory approval is another example of Ecochlor’s unwavering commitment to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals from Class Societies and Flag Administrations across the globe, even as the requirements continue to evolve,” said Ecochlor’s chief executive officer Steve Candito.
Ecochlor uses a two-step treatment process to treat ballast water; filtration and chlorine dioxide. Treatment is during uptake only, with no discharge neutralisation step required. The system requires minimal crew involvement during operation and does not have any TRO components, which can cause interruption to both ballasting and de-ballasting operations.
Ecochlor’s vice president of operations, Pete Thompson, has coordinated the testing and documentation efforts for type-approval. He commented, “For two decades we have continued to test the effectiveness of our system to the highest standards available worldwide. This commitment reinforces our determination to bring a quality, reliable BWMS to the maritime industry.”
Ecochlor has been on an expansionist phase. It recently appointed Sören Scheid to manage the new office in Germany as the regional business development manager for Europe, Scandinavia and the UK, and appointed Michael (Mick) Madely to the position of vice president of global service.