PureBallast selected for Royal Australian Navy

29 Mar 2010
Computer generated image of Australia’s LHD vessels currently under construction in Spain

Computer generated image of Australia’s LHD vessels currently under construction in Spain

Alfa Laval says that it has sold more than 30 PureBallast systems in the past year; a prominent new order involving two PureBallast systems for the Royal Australian Navy, confirming PureBallast's suitability for the strict requirements of naval applications.

The two Australian systems, which will be the first PureBallast installations for naval use, will be fitted aboard the Australian LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) vessels to be built by Spanish shipyard Navantia Ferrol. Vessels of this type, which allow flexible deployment of smaller land vehicles and helicopters, are of strategic interest as Australia and other nations shift their military focus from territorial defence to international response and peacekeeping operations.

The first PureBallast system for the Royal Australian Navy was delivered in mid-December last year, with the second system to follow in April 2010. Each PureBallast system will have a treatment system flow of 250 m3/h.

Since naval vessels are exempted from IMO’s pending ballast water treatment requirements, the decision by the Royal Australian Navy to install ballast water treatment systems is a voluntary one. It was made in part to protect Australia’s sensitive coastal environment, which has already been threatened by the invasion of non-native organisms transported via ballast water.

“Naval orders are very complex, which means the chosen equipment must be well documented and proven,” says Oscar Mate of Navantia Ferrol. “Before recommending PureBallast to the Royal Australian Navy, we conducted evaluations of several ballast water treatment systems, during which we received excellent support and assistance from Alfa Laval.”

The order for the Royal Australian Navy is just one of several PureBallast orders recently received by the company. Among the other orders is one for a PureBallast 2500 system from Samsung Heavy Industries for the drilling vessel Stena DrillMAX ICE. In 2009 Alfa Laval made a real break-through on the Japanese market, with 12 system sold in recent months.

PureBallast, which was developed in cooperation with Wallenius Water, has been adopted by a wide range of fleets and has been selected for 80 vessels of varying types and capacities.

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