Saudi Aramco invests in ballast water benchmarking to achieve compliance
Dr Brian Phillips: “We’re proud of the role that FastBallast will play in creating the national benchmark for ballast water sampling"
Chelsea Technologies’ FastBallast portable analyser has been chosen by one operator as a benchmark testing device to ensure compliance with ballast water standards.
Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil producers, will use the device to conduct spot checks on indicative sampling undertaken by third-party sampling companies in order to comply with the IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention.
“We look forward to working together with Saudi Aramco to ensure that all third-party ballast water sampling meets the high standards of compliance now required of all vessels calling at Saudi Aramco ports and terminals from international waters,” said Dr Brian Phillips, managing director of Chelsea Technologies.
“We’re proud of the role that FastBallast will play in creating the national benchmark for ballast water sampling and, in doing so, helping to protect Saudi Arabia’s marine environment.”
Together with Global Strategic Alliance Saudi Arabia (GSA), its agent for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Chelsea Technologies has also provided consultancy and guidance to Saudi Aramco’s in-house experts on the testing and sampling standards and processes that should be put in place to ensure compliance with IMO standards.
In addition, GSA is working closely with the Saudi Arabia authorities to utilise FastBallast as the national benchmark for indicative ballast water sampling.
Saudi Arabia ratified IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention during April 2017.
Saudi Aramco ports and terminals are considered the highest receiver of ballast water from ships, with over 180 million tonnes of ballast water discharged during cargo operations every year.