Hyundai BWTS approved by USCG

25 Jul 2013
HHI's HiBallast system filters and sterilises ballast water

HHI's HiBallast system filters and sterilises ballast water

Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS), HiBallast, has been approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as an Alternative Management System (AMS).

This follows the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) type approval back in 2011.

HHI says it believes the Coast Guard’s approval of HiBallast as AMS will see more orders from ship operating on US routes.

The electrolysis based system treats ballast water by filtering and sterilising bacteria, local plankton, mud and sand through electrolysis. It also sterilises 8,000m³ of seawater per hour with small power consumption.

HHI is also aiming to win the USCG’s approval for another BWTS, EcoBallast, by the first half of 2014. The EcoBallast system sterilises seawater by using ultraviolet rays.  

According to the Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in the US Waters, Final Rule, it is compulsory for all new ships built from December 2013 coming into and going out of US ports to install approved BWMS.

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