Ballast Water Treatment Business Update

Trojan Technologies has been investing in and committed to the ballast water treatment market since 2008. Unfortunately, due to regulatory delays and increasingly challenging market dynamics, our initial assessment of the opportunity has not been realized.

Based on these factors, Trojan has made the extremely difficult decision to exit the ballast water treatment market and will begin winding down related activity over the next couple of months.

We are fully committed to our channel partners as they continue to service and support vessels with Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system installations. We will also honor and fulfill all existing customer commitments by completing the design, manufacture, and supply of Trojan Marinex BWT systems currently on order.

Ballast Water Treatment System Installation on Fjord Shipping AS Oil & Chemical Tanker

The Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) 250 m3/h systemFjord Shipping AS, headquartered in Måløy, Norway, manages a fleet of 16 merchant vessels. They’ve selected GEA, our ballast water treatment partner, to install a ballast water treatment system on Key South, their 2010-built, 6,400 deadweight tonnage (DWT) oil and chemical tanker. The system will treat 500 m3/hr, is certified in accordance with the ATEX directive and IECEx scheme, carries a T4 temperature class rating, and is applicable for installation in zone 1 hazardous areas.

Click here to learn more about this retrofit installation.

The Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system is part of GEA’s product line, under the product name BallastMaster marineX.

ACI’s 22nd Ballast Water Management Conference

ACI’s 22nd Ballast Water Management Summit (Feb 27-28, 2019 in Singapore) will provide essential guidance to shipowners on successful system installations.

Juha Kiukas (our European Sales Director) is part of the speaker lineup on day 1 of the event. During his presentation, titled Improving BWT Installation Flexibility via New Innovations, he will discuss how innovations, such as inline lamp drivers and an integrated flow meter, enables a significantly more compact ballast water treatment system and streamlines the installation process.

We look forward to seeing you in Singapore!

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) Signed Into Law

On December 4, 2018 the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Authorization Act, including VIDA, was signed into law by President Trump. VIDA amends the USCG regulations to allow for the use of reproductive methods by explicitly expanding the definition of “living” to ensure that organisms that can’t reproduce (nonviable) are not considered to be living.

The Path Ahead

With the signing of the bill, the USCG now has up to 180 days to a draft policy letter detailing reproductive methods based on best available science. In accordance with the Act, USCG must consider Type Approval testing methodologies that utilize organism grow-out and Most Probable Number (MPN) analysis to determine the number of viable organisms in ballast water that are capable of reproduction.

Reproductive methods have been used by the IMO for many years. In 2017, the IMO officially approved the MPN reproductive method to determine viability (BWM.2-Circ.61) establishing a basis for the best available science.

Following the release of the draft policy letter, a period for public comment shall be provided for no more than 60 days and the final policy shall be published no later than 360 days after the date of enactment of the Act.

Further Alignment

With this new legislation, the U.S. and the international standard on ballast water are closer aligned by providing a similar framework for Type Approval. More importantly, this legislation will help facilitate the process for many system manufacturers toward USCG Type Approval – ultimately giving shipowners more options and the reassurance they deserve.

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

On November 27, 2018 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Authorization Act, including the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), by unanimous consent. The Bill will now proceed to President Trump for signature.

Once signed into law, VIDA will harmonize the USCG’s policy approach on reproductive methods in determining ballast water treatment system efficacy with that of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The VIDA Bill includes legislative language that amends the USCG regulations to allow for the use of reproductive methods for the testing and approval of ballast water management systems. The legislative language amends the USCG regulations to allow for the use of reproductive methods by explicitly expanding the definition of “living” to ensure that organisms that can’t reproduce (nonviable) are not considered to be living.

The Bill requires the USCG to develop a draft policy letter detailing reproductive methods based on best available science within 180 days, and indicates the USCG must consider Type Approval testing methodologies that utilize organism grow-out and Most Probable Number (MPN) analysis to determine the number of viable organisms in ballast water that are capable of reproduction.

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) Passed by U.S. Senate

For quite some time, the maritime industry has longed for the harmonization of state and federal regulations for vessel ballast water discharges in the United States.

Concerns regarding overlapping mandates of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and state-specific regulations have made the implementation of ballast water treatment solutions costly and complicated for ship owners.

A Significant Milestone Has Been Reached

On November 14, 2018, the USCG Authorization Act was passed by the U.S. Senate with the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA).

The VIDA Bill includes legislative language that amends the USCG regulations to allow for the use of reproductive methods for the testing and approval of ballast water management systems. The legislative language amends the USCG regulations to allow for the use of reproductive methods by explicitly expanding the definition of “living” to ensure that organisms that can’t reproduce (nonviable) are not considered to be living. Basically, organisms that can’t reproduce are as good as dead for the purposes of the regulation.

Furthermore, the USCG is required to develop a draft policy letter detailing reproductive methods based on best available science and the USCG must consider Type Approval testing methodologies that utilize organism grow-out and Most Probable Number (MPN) analysis to determine the number of viable organisms in ballast water that are capable of reproduction.

This would harmonize the USCG’s policy approach on reproductive methods in determining BWT system efficacy with that of the IMO. In 2017, the IMO officially approved the MPN method to determine viability / reproductive capability (IMO Document BWM.2-Circ.61).

The Path Ahead

The Bill will now move on to U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. If passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, it would then be signed into law by the President of the United States. We are very encouraged by this development and will continue to monitor the progress of the Bill in the coming weeks.

SMM 2018

With over 2,200 exhibitors and about 50,000 visitors from all over the world, SMM is one of the world’s largest maritime trade fairs. We will be there alongside our partners GEA in Hall A3 Stand 216. On display will be our compact 250 m3/h treatment unit. This unit features recent innovations, including the inline lamp driver and integrated flow meter.

See you in Hamburg!

The Benefits of an Integrated Flow Meter

Retrofitting can be challenging, and the cost of installing certain types of ballast water treatment systems can sometimes exceed the actual cost of the system itself. That’s why, for us, purpose-built integration (filtration + UV within one compact unit) was the optimal solution. And continual innovation – such as our new integrated flow meter – is enabling us to further reduce footprint and simplify the installation process.

A photo of the electromagnetic flow meter installed on a Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment systemMeasuring Your Ballast Water Flow

A flow meter is an instrument used to measure linear, nonlinear, mass or volumetric flow rate of a liquid or a gas. In ballast water treatment, a flow meter is required to ensure that the water is being treated properly and within the certified range limit specified on the Type Approval certificate.

However, the auxiliary flow meters that are typically used for ballast water treatment require a minimum of five diameters of straight pipe run between it and the treatment unit outlet. This adds unnecessary complexity to the installation process and increases the total footprint of the system, so we set out to find a better, more efficient way to measure flow.

A photo of the electromagnetic flow meter installed on a Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment systemAbout Our Flow Meter

We wanted to make flow monitoring on the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system easier, intuitive and space-saving. So we worked closely with McCrometer – a leading global flow instrumentation specialist – to engineer, and manufacture a flow metering solution that better meets the unique needs of ballast water treatment.

Now, after months of collaboration and exploration, we are excited to unveil our custom solution to you: an integrated electromagnetic flow meter.

The Benefits

  • Pre-installed, pre-wired and factory-calibrated
  • Eliminates the need for an auxiliary flow meter
  • Eliminates the need for interconnections between the flow meter and treatment unit
  • No recalibration necessary for the life of the flow meter or treatment unit

Posidonia 2018

Posidonia 2016 was the largest in terms of exhibition space and most promoted event in the exhibitions’ almost 50-year history, and the 2018 installment (held June 4 – 8 in Athens) is shaping up to be even bigger and better.

We will be there, alongside our partners PAN MARINE in stand 4.230 (Hall 4, Stand 230). Our extremely compact 150 m3/h treatment unit will be on display – see for yourself just how compact it is and learn more about the reasons why shipowners around the world are selecting the Trojan Marinex BWT system.

BWT Talks at GREEN4SEA

On March 7, 750 maritime and shipping experts descended upon the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Kallithea, Greece for the 2018 GREEN4SEA Conference.

With a focus on shaping a more sustainable shipping industry, discussions and conversations at the event were centered on fuel alternatives towards 2020, exhaust gas cleaning systems and ballast water treatment.

Our Sales Director Juha Kiukas was part of the speaker lineup and participated in the ballast water stream. During his talk, Juha discussed the importance of a purpose-built ballast water treatment system as well the various market trends and challenges affecting shipowners.