South Korean engineering conglomerate Techcross has announced it has completed the laboratory testing of a second BWMS.
It is now seeking USCG type-approval for its ECS-Hychlor System, an indirect electrolysis BWMS as well as its previously submitted Electro-Cleen electrolysis system.
The ECS-Hychlor BWMS obtained final approval from IMO in 2016 and Techcross signed a contract with DNV GL to conduct the USCG type-approval tests at DHI, a subsidiary independent laboratory of DNV GL, on the system.
Techcross conducted the shipboard tests of ECS-Hychlor on a bulker carrier and successfully completed the final fifth test in Hong Kong on 27 March, finishing up all the tests required for USCG type-approval.
Techcross plans to make an application with the independent laboratory report for the USCG type-approval in June 2019 and expects to obtain type-approval by the end of 2019.
Techcross submitted its Electro-Cleen electrolysis system for USCG type-approval in 2017 and was granted type-approval in June 2018 but has since submitted amendments placing that BWMS on the 'Pending' list, according to the USCG Marine Safety Center database.
Based on the current average time between submission of application and granting of type-approval, Techcross could have two USCG full BWMS type-approvals by the end of 2019.