Ecochlor gets Type Approval for IMO BWMS Code

Ecochlor has received Type Approval from the Norwegian Maritime Authority for the IMO BWMS Code standards across its entire range of ballast water management systems (BWMS).

Ecochlor’s BWMS, with flow rates of between 500 cu per hour to 16,200 cu per hour, allow owners to continue using the system after the 28 October 2020 deadline for the IMO BWMS Code.

After 28 October 2020, all vessels installing a BWMS must comply with the international BWMS Code. Approval pursuant to the previous G8 guidelines (MEPC.174(58)) will no longer be acceptable.

 “This latest regulatory approval is another example of Ecochlor’s unwavering commitment to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals from class societies and flag administrations across the globe, even as the requirements continue to evolve,” said Steve Candito, ceo of Ecochlor.

The company completed the additional testing required for active substance technologies for full approval in marine, brackish and fresh waters earlier in the year. The tests confirmed that no changes in equipment or in the operation of the Ecochlor BWMS were required.

Ecochlor’s BWMS uses a two-step treatment process to treat ballast water, filtration and chlorine dioxide. Treatment is during uptake only, with no discharge neutralisation step required. The system requires minimal crew involvement during operation and does not have any TRO (Total Residual Oxidant) components, which can cause interruption to both ballasting and de-ballasting operations.

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