French ballast water treatment technology company teams up with Norwegian engineering outfit to offer turnkey newbuilding and retrofitting solutions
French ballast water treatment technology producer BIO-UV Group and Norwegian marine engineering and technical services provider TECO Tech have signed a co-operation agreement offering a complete turnkey solution for the BIO-SEA advanced ballast water treatment system (BWTS).
The agreement was signed by BIO-SEA business director Xavier Deval and TECO Tech AS chief executive Tore Enger at the Nor-Shipping trade show, in Oslo, Norway.
“With a history serving the maritime and offshore industries dating back more than 25 years, TECO is a perfect partner for BIO-UV Group,” said BIO-UV Group’s president and chief executive, Benoît Gillmann.
“The co-operation agreement we have signed today fits well with TECO’s strategy of providing a complete suite of environmentally-focused solutions to the maritime and offshore industries, while providing BIO-SEA with greater exposure to markets in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, and the cruise ship sector.”
TECO is a specialist in installing and retrofitting ballast water treatment systems, as well as advanced waste-water purification systems, exhaust gas cleaning systems and refrigeration equipment.
The company carries out much of the pre-installation and commissioning work while vessels are in service so as to minimise shipyard costs and off-hire time.
Mr Enger said “We have been looking to partner with a BWTS manufacturer in order to include a ballast water treatment system as part of our ’green package’ concept and BIO-UV Group’s BIO-SEA system is the perfect solution for us and our customers.
“Based on more than 20 years’ experience in ultraviolet-based water treatment technology, BIO-UV Group has developed what we believe is the best and most efficient ballast water treatment system on the market. We are very much looking forward to being able to offer BIO-SEA as a turnkey package across all the markets we serve.”
BIO-SEA business director Xavier Deval added “A key benefit of this agreement is that shipowners and operators now have access to a well-proven ballast water treatment system that incorporates well-proven technology through a single source supplier, capable of facilitating all their technical requirements from drawings through to commissioning.”
Certified for short holding time in fresh water, marine and brackish waters at full flow, the BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system is fully IMO and USCG type-approved.
A single BIO-SEA unit is capable of treating ballast waters of all salinity and with flow rates up to 2,000 m3/h, and the control software also allows operators to switch effortlessly between USCG, IMO or IMO & USCG modes and generates reports for port state control authorities, documenting that ballast water treatment operations are compliant and have been performed in accordance with the rules.
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