The number of ballast water management systems (BWMS) type-approved by the US Coast Guard has reached 17 with the announcement that DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean has been added to the list.
The approval is valid for all salinities and sea water temperatures, and has no requirement for a special operating mode in US territory and according to DESMI, this means the system is fully approved and certified for discharge of ballast water anywhere in the world, no matter if it is fresh water, brackish water, marine water, cold water or warm water.
The announcement comes shortly after the DESMI system received IMO type-approval.
DESMI Ocean Guard’s chief executive Rasmus Folsø commented “It is a significant achievement that the CompactClean system does not need a special US operation mode to meet the USCG requirements in US territory. With just one operation mode used globally, there is no need for knowing the deballast location at the time of ballast uptake, in order to determine if the BWMS should be operated in IMO or US mode.”
Zero holding time has become a major marketing point for BWMS manufacturers and the IMO type-approval certificate awarded to DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean is without any minimum holding time requirement.
The company states that additional testing has recently been performed and expects an amended USCG type-approval certificate with a close to zero holding time requirement will be issued in the near future.
DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean is also approved according to ATEX and IECEx requirements for installation in hazardous zones such as oil and chemical tankers, and this is also expected to be added to both IMO and USCG type-approval certificates soon.
The CompactClean system consists of an automatic back-flushing filter, a UV unit, valves, sensors, and controls and comes in 14 different flowrate sizes, with the smallest having a maximum flowrate of 35 m3/hour, and the largest having a maximum flowrate of 3,000 m3/hour.
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