ERMA FIRST has received USCG type-approval for its Fit ballast water treatment system fitted with Hydac filters, allowing it to offer the choice of three different filters, all with USCG type-approval
ERMA FIRST has obtained a new USCG type-approval for using Hydac filters in its ballast water treatment systems. ERMA FIRST originally obtained USCG type-approval in October 2017. Each time a component is changed on a USCG type-approved BWTS, a new type-approval must be obtained.
The new type-approval brings the number of filters having USCG type-approval to three for ERMA FIRST models 75 to 3000. The three available filter options are Filtersafe, Filtrex and Hydac.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) was the Independent Laboratory (IL) that conducted the testing. The Hydac filter configuration passed all three salinities’ tests.
ERMA FIRST managing director Konstantinos Stampedakis commented “Filtration is a necessary treatment stage which ensures environmental compliance despite the water quality and reduces significantly the wear and tear of the essential parts of the system. At ERMA FIRST we strive to provide our customers with superior ballast water treatment solutions that will meet their needs in full. We are glad we will be in a position to further expand our production capacity so as to cover the market’s needs.”
Mr Stampedakis also discussed filters in a recent article for Ballast Water Treatment Technology and there is an accompanying article from a ballast water treatment system manufacturer that does not use a filter.
Ballast water treatment does not stop with compliance. Industry’s stakeholders discuss the issues in the Ballast Water Treatment Beyond Compliance webinar, which is now available to view.