BWMS verification with onboard test kit

aqua-tools’ B-QUA test kit aqua-tools’ B-QUA test kit allows Greek shipowners to assess the efficiency of their ships' BWMS. Credit: aqua-tools

Greek shipowners can assess the efficiency of their ships’ ballast water management systems (BWMS) with an onboard test kit supplied by aqua-tools following its new sales and distribution agreement with Piraeus-based Maritech Ltd.

The agreement, which includes the training and supply of aqua-tools’ B-QUA test kit, meets “significant interest” in onboard ballast water testing from Greek shipowners, explained French water microbiology company aqua-tools.

Dimitris Nikoleris, business development manager of engineering and manufacturing firm Maritech, said: “We have talked to a number of high-profile owners and many are concerned that they could face financial penalties if they are found to be inadvertently operating systems incompatible with the rules or if these systems are under performing.”

He added: “It is difficult to verify the treatment efficiency of these closed loop systems.”

Maritech’s initial focus will be to target its client base of Greek owners with fleets of 80 ships or more.

“There is high interest in B-QUA and the ATP2G test method pioneered by aqua-tools,” said Mr Nikoleris. “It is a complete solution. Compared to other test methods, the ATP2G protocol is the only one capable of rapidly assessing the viability of all organism sizes stipulated in the Convention.”

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