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Damen roles out shore-based ballast water treatment solution

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.



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Craig Eason Stockholm
Craig Eason is the owner and editorial director of Fathom.World. He has a background in the shipping industry having started his career as a cadet on oil tankers and gas carriers before becoming a navigating officer on a range of vessel types. A change in career, with ensuing university studies, and he has now gained 20 years experience in written and broadcast journalism. He now is in demand as a knowledgeable and competent editor and event host and moderator, both for in-house events and ones for the public.