Damen completes testing for port BWMS
Damen Green Solutions’ InvaSave technology has completed shipboard testing onboard the Henrike Schepers.
The shipboard tests revealed that the InvaSave is capable of providing an IMO type approval backup in the event of a vessel’s onboard treatment systems failing.
Matthijs Schuiten, Damen Green Solutions’ product manager, said: “More and more countries are ratifying the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) and it could enter into force in 2017; in any case, it is only a matter of time.”
He added: “Damen is cooperating with the service providers in the ports to provide this ballast water treatment service. This is also relevant for all port authorities, who could face congestion problems if they don’t have a contingency/emergency service in place.”
InvaSave can also serve as a port-based alternative for ship owners that may not want to retrofit an on board treatment system.
The results of the shipboard tests meet the D2-standard of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.
Groningen Seaports is the first port to provide the ballast water treatment service but the solution is expected to appeal to other ports and ship owners which are operating in World Heritage Sites or Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas
Bart van der Kolk, Groningen Seaports’ sustainability coordinator, said: “We are fully prepared for the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of some frontrunners like Damen.
IMO type approval is expected to be obtained in 2016 and a patent is pending.
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