Netherlands-based Damen Shipyards has unveiled and premiered a barge-mounted ballast water treatment solution
The company demonstrated its product in front of an invited audience at Groeningen Seaports harbour of Delfzijl and Eemshaven. The programme to develop the barge has taken seven years to finalise and will allow vessels without an installed ballast or operative water treatment system to be compliant with international regulations in Dutch ports where the barge mounted solution is accessible.
The project is a joint venture with Mariflex, Groningen Shipyards and Royal Wagenborg. The demonstration, which took place in April used ballast water from Royal Wagenborg’s recently launched newbuilding Egbert Wagenborg.
Ballast water was then pumped out of the ship and passed through the barge system, which is to be marketed as Invasave, for treatment before being released into the harbour.
The new unit is now ready for operations at Delfzijl and Eemshaven. MariFlex also plans to have a second operational in Rotterdam ahead of the September implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.