As the environmental pressure ramps up on shipping, one manufacturer has achieved carbon neutral status for its ballast water management system
Flow Water Technologies reports that its ballast water management system (BWMS), FlowSafe, has been proven to be carbon neutral. Research by an independent university has verified that the Cyprus-based company’s BWMS delivers a fuel saving, in energy terms, in any configuration on board a vessel.
“I am confident that FlowSafe will be saving 1.3Bn kg of CO2 per year,” said Flow Water’s chief executive Mark Hadfield.
“That is the equivalent C02 saving of 222,000 average family cars’ use per year.”
FlowSafe’s environmental credentials stem from Flow Waters’ core company values of only using natural resources and incorporating fuel-saving technology within its BWMS. The system will be primarily installed on tankers with Framo pumps and can be fitted at sea with no need to alter existing pipework, substantially reducing costs. Modular installation means the components can be fitted between the engineroom and steering gear room without having to move existing machinery. There is no filtration on the ballast line and the system is explosion-proof as standard.
According to Flow Water Technologies, FlowSafe’s unique installation package brings costs down, making the BWMS one of the cheapest options for tankers. Originally developed for tankers with Framo type pumps and pump rooms, FlowSafe can also be fitted in bulkers with gravity discharge.
“International Maritime Organisation (IMO) G9 basic approval has been awarded, IMO G9 final approval has been submitted, and we are soon to be submitting for USCG type-approval,” said Mr Hadfield.
“We have a healthy pre-order book and are confident that our unique solution is the best, most cost-effective, and most environmentally responsible BWMS for tankers,” said Mr Hadfield.