As the IMO BWM Convention draws closer to ratification, shipowners continue to seek out essential ballast water management guidance. Many of them will do so during the 10th annual BWMTech, December 8 – 10, 2014, in London.
On day one of the conference, Jim Cosman (Trojan Marinex Market Manager) will be a panelist on the debate titled ‘Is the IMO type approval process robust enough?’. He, alongside fellow panelists, will be discussing several issues, including:
IMO vs. the US Coast Guard (USCG): What are the technical differences?
Will an IMO type approved system be compliant upon enforcement?
Inconsistencies in the interpretation of G8
Transparency in BWMS Type Approval
We are looking forward to participating in this year’s conference, and hope to see you there.
During a very busy SMM 2014, Juha Kiukas (our European Sales Director) sat down for a quick video interview. In it he discusses the compact footprint of our ballast water treatment systems as well as our Type Approval strategy.
We are proud to announce that Damen Shipyards has selected the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system for a fleet of Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) it is building for Atlantic Towing Limited – a Canadian-owned marine transportation company.
“It’s been an exciting year for us,” says Marv DeVries, president, Trojan Technologies. “Our entire product suite achieved IMO Type Approval in March, AMS acceptance in August, and we are on course for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval. Now, alongside our partners at Damen, we are pleased to announce this order for Atlantic Towing.”
When launched, the vessels will operate in the challenging, subarctic waters of the Hibernia and Hebron oil fields, off Newfoundland and Labrador. “These PSVs will be sailing in extremely tough conditions,” explains Jan van Hogerwou, manager North America, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem. “The Trojan Marinex system has been tested and approved in tough conditions and under stringent protocols. This was an important factor in our decision.”
Trojan Marinex BWT system testing was conducted under the supervision of DNV – a certified Independent Lab (IL) by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Testing was conducted in accordance with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Protocol. The ETV protocol is a key testing requirement for systems to obtain USCG Type Approval. The system is tested and approved to the lowest UV transmittance value in the industry under full flow conditions, and in all three salinity ranges – fresh water, brackish water, and marine water.
“In addition,” continues van Hogerwou, “we required an extremely compact ballast water treatment system for these vessels. We were quite impressed with the integrated design of the Trojan Marinex system, and its low power draw.” The Trojan Marinex BWT system is up to 50% smaller than others in the industry. This provides additional installation flexibility for both new builds and retrofits. In addition, it offers the lowest installed power draw of other systems in the industry.
We are proud to announce that Laurin Maritime has selected the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system for its 11-vessel tanker fleet.
“Laurin Maritime and Trojan Marinex is an outstanding partnership,” says Dr. Christian Williamson, vice president, Trojan Technologies. “From global regulatory compliance to treating varying waters of poor quality, Laurin Martime’s requirements are directly aligned with our goal of giving customers the confidence that their business of transport goes uninterrupted.”
“Our vessels sail in waters in the United States, and we are convinced that the Trojan Marinex system offers Laurin Maritime the ability to meet emerging regulatory requirements, especially requirements for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval,” explains Capt. Pär Brandholm, environmental & nautical manager, Laurin Maritime. “We were impressed with the amount of testing that has been conducted and Trojan’s overall approach to develop a system specifically to meet the U.S. requirements. Our vessels often visit river ports, and the fact that they tested in all water qualities, specifically freshwater, and in very poor water qualities were very critical factors in our decision-making process. In addition, not only is their system available as a single integrated unit for high flow rates, it also has explosion-proof certification which was a requirement for our vessels.”
Vessels sailing in U.S. waters will require ballast water treatment systems that are Type Approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Currently, despite the availability of more than 40 IMO Type Approved systems, no system supplier has obtained USCG Type Approval.
The Trojan Marinex BWT product suite recently received Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance in accordance with the USCG final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters. The suite is one of the few to receive AMS for all water qualities: fresh water, brackish water and marine water. In addition, the suite is tested and IMO Type Approved to the lowest UV transmittance value in the industry (corresponding to poor water quality) under full flow conditions. Testing was conducted under the supervision of DNV – who is certified as an Independent Lab (IL) by the USCG – in accordance with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Protocol. The ETV protocol is a key testing requirement for systems to obtain USCG Type Approval.
We are proud to announce that the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) product suite has become one of the few to receive United States Coast Guard (USCG) Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance – in accordance with the USCG’s final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. waters – for all water qualities: fresh water, brackish water and marine water.
AMS is a temporary designation given to a ballast water treatment system approved by a foreign administration. Vessels operating in U.S. waters may use an AMS-designated BWT system to manage their ballast water discharges in lieu of ballast water exchange – for a period of five years from a ship’s compliance date – while that BWT system undergoes USCG Type Approval testing. AMS certification neither guarantees nor implies that USCG Type Approval is likely, as the two programs are independent of each other.
The Trojan Marinex BWT product suite is tested and IMO Type Approved to one of the lowest UV transmittance values in the industry (corresponding to poor water quality) under full flow conditions. Testing was conducted under the supervision of DNV – who is certified as an Independent Lab (IL) by the USCG – in accordance with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Protocol. The ETV protocol is a key testing requirement for systems to obtain USCG Type Approval.
SMM is the leading international forum of the maritime industry. Every two years, representatives from the shipbuilding and marine equipment industries meet in Hamburg, present innovations and forward-looking technologies, and set the course for future success of the industry.
Exhibit space at SMM 2014 is fully booked. More than 2,000 exhibitors from 60 countries, and 50,000 attendees are expected – making it one of the largest maritime events in the world.
The BWMTech North America Conference is renowned for providing essential ballast water management guidance to shipowners operating in North American waters. This year it’s being held at the Trump International Beach Resort in Miami, Florida, September 24 – 26.
We are excited to be part of the interactive workshop (titled A Practical Guide to US Coast Guard Type Approval Testing) on Wednesday, September 24. During this workshop, Dr. Brian Petri (Research Director at Trojan Technologies) will be discussing the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Protocol and the science behind UV technology for ballast water treatment.
We will also be participating in a panel discussion on the 26th, hosting a round table session and exhibiting. If you’re attending the conference, we hope you can stop by for a chat.
The BlueTech Ballast Water Treatment Webinar (June 26, 2014) will bring together perspectives from an international panel, featuring presentations from leading industry technology providers. We were honored to be asked to participate. Juha Kiukas (Trojan Marinex European Sales Director) will be our presenter – he will be discussing various market dynamics, treatment options and the differences between IMO and U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval.
We are looking forward to joining the international shipping community at Posidonia, June 2 – 6 in Athens, Greece. We’ll be in Hall 1, at Stand 1.106. Be sure to visit us to hear more about our voyage to U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval. We’re also giving away an iPad® mini, so don’t forget to fill out a ballot!
This conference (held March 27 and 28, in London, UK) will address themes ranging from IMO and U.S. regulatory updates – examining how shipowners can ensure compliance and what they can expect from Port State Control authorities – to what owners should expect from suppliers and the retrofit challenges they will face, offering valuable guidance as how they can minimise the risks.
Dr. Brian Petri (Research Director at Trojan Technologies) is part of the speaker lineup. He will be discussing the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Protocol and the science behind UV technology for ballast water treatment.
We are also an event sponsor and will have an exhibit stand. If you’re attending the conference, we hope you can stop by for a chat.
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