Helping vessel owners meet the BWMC deadline
It's official, as of 8 September all vessels are now required to comply with the BWMC (Ballast Water Management Convention) standard. Extended to cover existing vessels in addition to newbuilds, vessel owners must address their processes for taking on or discharging ballast water. All vessels will be required to meet IMO-D2 standards regarding ballast water treatment by the time of their first IOPP certificate renewal following the deadline.
Damen Green Solutions has been offering the InvaSave solution for over five years, launching the InvaSave 300 in 2017 and improving its functionality in preparation for the introduction of this latest legislation. This summer the InvaSave crew teamed up with local service provider Tradebe Santander (Tradebe Company) to receive ballast water from a tanker in Gijon. What appears to be a simple exercise has significant ramifications for all operational vessels – particularly older builds.
“InvaSave provides a mobile and flexible solution to this requirement,” says Damen Green’s Matthijs Schuiten, “meeting market demand without causing operational delays. If a vessel is unable to discharge its ballast water, the loss of income through downtime, compounded by additional port costs, has a huge impact on the vessel owner’s bottom line. The efficiency of InvaSave’s model also potentially saves owners months of downtime waiting for a retrofit.”
The InvaSave 300 IMO-certified system is an external ballast water treatment unit that in a single pass uses mechanical filtration and ultraviolet radiation to remove and eradicate invasive organisms from ballast water as it is discharged from inbound vessels, to IMO-D2 standards.
InvaSave can also provide ballast water of the same quality to outbound vessels. The entire system comes in a single, 40ft container and is therefore fully mobile; ideal for placing on a barge, workboat or trailer for easy movement around a port, harbour or shipyard.
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