OceanSaver completes Coast Guard testing of ballast water treatment system

(DRAMMEN, Norway) — OceanSaver has finalized all testing required for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application of ballast water management systems. In close cooperation with shipowner CSL, OceanSaver concluded testing along the Pacific coast of North America, facing a range of demanding conditions. All tests met USCG’s requirements.

“We are very pleased to announce completion of all tests as part of the USCG test program. We successfully completed shipboard tests as scheduled on fifth of May. Component testing was finalized shortly afterward — and all tests have been confirmed to meet all USCG requirements. We expect to finalize the formal application within beginning of June, thus being among the very first BWTS vendors to submit an official application to the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Helle Hundseid, CEO at OceanSaver.

The shipboard testing — carried out on the CSL bulk carrier Sheila Ann’s 2-by-2,000 m3h capacity system — was initiated at the end of summer 2015. OceanSaver’s ballast water treatment system has, as per the requirements, been in operation by the ship’s crew continuously throughout the testing period along the vessel's trade route. The route included the saline and brackish water ports of the San Francisco Bay, San Marco in Mexico and Tacoma, Wash., as well as various freshwater ports on the U.S. Pacific Coast, challenging the OceanSaver BWTS to a range of highly varying  conditions without disrupting the daily operation of the vessel.

“As one of the first suppliers of ballast water treatment systems to apply for U.S. Coast Guard type approval, we confirm our position as a front-runner with an undisputable capacity in developing and delivering fully compliant and high-quality treatment systems for ballast water,” said Alan Linderoth, vice president of sales and marketing at OceanSaver. “We have consistently used the U.S. Coast Guard-recognized FDA/CMFDA test method, and therefore have confidence in our formal application once submitted to the classification society and U.S. Coast Guard."

OceanSaver recently strengthened its compliance portfolio with a full class approval by ABS to compliment the existing DNV-GL class approval. OceanSaver also continues to win contracts in a highly competitive BWTS market, recently contracting delivery of treatment systems to six newbuilds in Korea.

For more information, visit www.oceansaver.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff