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ALFA LAVAL SECURES USCG TYPE APPROVAL FOR PREVIOUS-GENERATION BWMS

ALFA LAVAL SECURES USCG TYPE APPROVAL FOR PREVIOUS-GENERATION BWMS

Thursday, January 7, 2021 

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has recently issued a type approval for Alfa Laval PureBallast 2, which the company says allows most owners of Alfa Lavals second-generation ballast water management systems (BWMS) to continue operating in US waters after expiry of the Alternate Management System (AMS) approval.

The company points out that the PureBallast 2 system was launched a decade ago, long before the USCG presented its testing regime. As a result, certain technical modifications were needed before PureBallast 2 could undergo USCG testing. With the modifications in place, a PureBallast 2 system with a Boll & Kirsch filter completed the tests in April 2020, and the solution has now received USCG type approval. Owners who wish to take advantage of the USCG type approval will need to perform a minor upgrade of their PureBallast 2 systems, comprising the necessary adjustments to meet USCG requirements. After upgrading, PureBallast 2 systems will be approved for operation in both seawater and brackish water.

Peter Sahlén (pictured), Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast, said: “We are proud to bring USCG type approval to owners who selected PureBallast early on. A ballast water treatment system should last as long as the vessel, and we are committed supporting PureBallast customers throughout that lifetime. No matter when they made their purchase, Alfa Laval is behind them. The transition to USCG type approval will be a simple service option for shipowners. Alfa Laval’s global service organisation focuses not only on securing uptime, but also on bringing customers maximum benefit from their equipment choice. With the USCG type approval upgrade for PureBallast 2, we provide yet another way to keep ballast water treatment systems optimised over time.”

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