OceanSaver BWTS completes Coast Guard land-based tests

(DRAMMEN, Norway) — OceanSaver has completed the land-based U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) test program for ballast water management systems. The tests proceeded according to plan and expectations, with results meeting all USCG’s requirements.

OceanSaver, supplier of the type-approved, IMO-compliant and USCG AMS-approved OceanSaver Mark II ballast water treatment system (BWTS), reports progress as scheduled in its ongoing test program to achieve full USCG approval.

Fifteen tests were recently conducted at DHI’s test facility for land-based testing in Denmark including five consecutive tests for brackish water, marine water and fresh water.

“OceanSaver is pleased to announce completion of the land-based part of the USCG test program. The land-based tests were completed according to plan and met all USCG’s requirements. Our ballast water management system has proved to be highly efficient and robust,” said Helle Hundseid, CEO at OceanSaver. 

The second stage of the USCG test program is the shipboard tests, where five tests must be completed under varying conditions over a period of at least six months. OceanSaver has initiated the shipboard testing program too. In parallel, environmental component testing is ongoing and is assumed to be finalized by the end of 2015.

The USCG rules, titled “Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters,” is aimed at preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species into U.S. waters through the ballast water of vessels. It applies to all vessels, U.S. flag, and non-U.S. flag, equipped with ballast tanks operating in U.S. navigable waters.

By Professional Mariner Staff