Glosten, Global treat ballast water using mobile system


The following is text of a news release from Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage:

(SEATTLE) — Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage have announced the successful treatment of ballast water with a mobile system on board a 350-foot marine vessel moored in Coos Bay, Ore.

Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage deployed the Glosten Ballast Responder, successfully treating all 3,990 tons of ballast water on board. The contingency response team deployed from Seattle, Wash., the morning of May 21 and certified all ballast water on board as safe for discharge by the evening of May 23.

"The system and team performed very well," said Glosten principal and ballast water treatment expert Kevin Reynolds. "We will continue to incorporate lessons learned as we perform additional deployments."

The treatment utilized a mobile ballast water mixing system that Glosten developed in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service. Previous deployments were used to gain biological efficacy data and establish practical treatment protocols; however, this treatment marks the first live deployment to assist a vessel requiring ballast water management for treating aquatic nuisance species.

"The Ballast Responder enabled the operator to comply with state and federal regulations. Deploying the team was the right move for this application," said Rian Hooff of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. "We've been looking for a practical contingency system to protect our waters from potential aquatic invasions. We are very pleased to see Ballast Responder fill that need."

Next steps include a trial deployment on the Great Lakes in July and the building and pre-deployment of additional kits in key shipping locations in the U.S. and worldwide.

About Glosten

Glosten, founded in 1958, is recognized throughout the marine industry for providing innovative solutions to clients' challenging problems, integrating advanced analysis with practical, experience-based design. Glosten's expertise includes naval architecture, ocean engineering and analysis, marine engineering, electrical engineering, and detail/production design.

About Global

Global is a leader in the marine services industry with decades of experience managing complex, critical and technical projects in and around the water involving marine construction, commercial diving, marine casualty response, and environmental services.

By Professional Mariner Staff