US-based water and wastewater treatment specialist Scienco/Fast Inc has acquired the InTank ballast water treatment system developed by Envirocleanse, a division of Charter Brokerage, a Berkshire Hathaway company
In February 2019, Envirocleanse’s InTank became the 15th ballast water management system (BWMS) to be granted US Coast Guard type-approval, making it the first system that treats ballast water during the voyage to be type-approved.
The InTank system uses a dispersion system developed by marine consultancy Glosten and patented by the US Geological Survey for mixing its active substance, sodium hypochlorite, in the ballast tanks. The chemical can either be produced by electrolysis or supplied as a bulk compound.
This choice allows vessels on voyages of 72 hours or more to use electrolysis while for ships on short voyages, the bulk doser delivers liquid disinfectant to the ballast tanks.
The inTank BWMS is said to treat and neutralise ballast water in the tank. This means technical compliance with the type-approval certificate is achieved before discharge, and inTank also allows the vessel to actively control any regrowth potential for as long as ballast remains in the tanks.
Following the sale, the BWMS will now be known as Scienco InTank ballast water treatment system. Scienco/Fast is a division of privately held BioMicrobics, which produces advanced water and wastewater solutions. The InTank ballast water treatment system complements a range of marine solutions including:
Envirocleanse continues to trade and will focus on development and sales of the Envirocleanse-A disinfectant solution.
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