De Nora, a supplier of electrochlorination equipment, has announced it has set to submit its papers to seek type approval for its ballast water treatment system BALPURE®
It says that the independent laboratory undoing tests of its system has completed shipboard testing onboard on a US-flagged Aframax tanker operating in the west coast of the United States in the regulated waters of California and Alaska.
“The tanker is in normal trading and has been ballasting and deballasting with its BALPURE® system on a regular basis. The end of shipboard testing represents the conclusion of De Nora’s USCG testing, having already completed the land-based testing, engineering design and environmental testing elements of the submission. The results, documentation and final drawings associated with De Nora BALPURE® are now with the Independent Laboratory for verification and submission to the USCG. ” the company said in an industry statement.
In the company press release, Don Stephen, Managing Director Balpure at De Nora Water Technologies points to the earlier comments by the US Environmental Protection Agency to the company’s system exceeding the requirements of US regulations. He also commented that the while ballast water treatment industry has faced some severe challenges since the last meeting of the IMO marine environmental protection committee where owners were given a further period within which to comply with the international regulations, resulting in an even slower uptake of systems than many manufacturers had projected for.
Should the De Nora system become type approved by the US authorities it becomes one of only a handful that have done so. To date only six system makers have achieved type approval of their technologies, while two others currently have their test results under review and are awaiting a decision from the USCG. The USCG list can be found here.
Thus DeNora becomes only the 9th manufacturer to do so, compared to the 73 systems that the IMO currently lists