UV-based ballast water treatment specialist BIO-UV Group of France and its American engineering and servicing partner The Columbia Group have been selected to develop a ballast water management system (BWMS) for the United States Navy
The new contract for BIO-UV Group follows an international call for tenders to develop a military version of a UV ballast water disinfection system to equip future US Navy ships. Until now, military vessels have operated outside the scope of the USCG Standards for Living Organisms in Ship’s Ballast Water Discharged in US Waters regulation.
The ruling entered into forced in 2016 and governs the management of ballast water in American waters. However, future American military vessels will now need to be equipped with ballast water treatment systems.
Working with The Columbia Group, BIO-UV Group will design a robust ballast water treatment system for ballast pump capacities from 300 m3 per hour up to 1,000 m3 per hour. Winning the tender, BIO-UV Group demonstrated its experience acquired with the French and other navies.
The company recently secured contracts to supply the Belgian and Dutch navies with ballast water treatment solutions for installation to 12 mine-hunting vessels.
BIO-UV Group is part of a very small global group of companies that have developed a UV-based water disinfection system certified to both IMO and USCG type-approval requirements.
This dual certification provides BIO-UV Group with an advantage over its competitors by enabling it to guarantee shipowners their vessels will be able to sail anywhere in the world and in particular in US coastal waters.
BIO-UV Group president and chief executive Benoit Gillmann said, "We are pleased to have been selected in association with The Columbia Group to design the ballast water treatment systems that will equip future US Navy ships.”
He added, “Three years after obtaining USCG certification, this new step represents a recognition of our know-how and a new prestigious reference for BIO-UV Group.”
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