On Wednesday 28 October 2020 IMO revised G8 ballast water treatment legislation takes effect. On or after that date any ballast water treatment system (BWTS) installation has to meet revised G8 approval
Techcross is the latest BWTS to be approved to the revised G8 standard which was agreed in 2016 to ensure all BWTS installed on or after 28 October 2020 meet the IMO D-2 performance standard.
The Techcross ECS ballast water treatment system was granted USCG type-approval in May 2020 and on 7 September 2020 it gained IMO revised G8 type-approval. With the issuance for Techcross ECS BWTS models from the South Korean Government, all Techcross BWTS employing direct and indirect electrolysis technologies have IMO type-approval.
Techcross states that in addition, the ECS model has now reduced the freshwater holding time from 48 hours (as stated in the earlier USCG type-approval) to 23 hours and the operation temperature with more than or equal to -2℃, in addition to improving the feed salinity to 1 PSU or above from 1.5 PSU with mixing solution involved for fresh water (less than 1 PSU).
In a remarkable gesture of goodwill, Techcross also stated that the ECS A type, the initial BWMS model of Techcross, is in the process of renewal tests for USCG type-approval to address some limitations. Although there are only 96 ships equipped with ECS A type, Techcross is willing to take responsibility for all products they have sold despite considerable time and cost.
There are now, according to the Ballast Water Treatment Technology database*, nine BWTS with revised G8 type-approval. Another nine BWTS are listed as having applied for IMO revised G8 type-approval.
*Please inform Craig Jallal (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the status of your BWTS regarding IMO revised G8 and USCG type-approval.
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