SKF Marine’s BlueSonic and Alfa Laval’s PureBallast 2.0 join the United State Coast Guard list of ballast water treatment systems awaiting type-approval
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received two applications for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type-approval for the SKF BlueSonic BWMS manufactured by SKF Marine GmbH, and the PureBallast 2.0 BWMS manufactured by Alfa Laval Tumba AB.
The Marine Safety Center will review these applications for compliance with US Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that an application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type-approval certificate.
There are now nine BWMS awaiting USCG type-approval and 35 BWMS that have been granted USCG type-approval.
The SKF BlueSonic combines UV and ultrasound and is said to eliminate the need for chemicals by using ultrasound to clean the UV lamps.
According to SKF Marine, the BlueSonic BWMS has passed all tests required by both the revised IMO G8 Resolution MEPC.279(70) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and is now in final application process for IMO and USCG type-approval. SKF Marine expects to receive full certification in the coming months.
Alfa Laval PureBallast 2.0 is the second-generation version of the ballast water treatment system.
PureBallast 3.0/3.1 was approved by the USCG in 2016 and with amendments, re-approved in 2019. PureBallast 3.2 was approved in 2019 and received amended approval in 2020.
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