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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 

France-based Bio-UV Group has added 3D laser scanning and modelling to its Bio-Sea engineering and design services, in support of the ballast water management system (BWMS) market.

The new service follows increased shipowner demand for turnkey BWMS retrofit solutions capable of reducing or negating BWMS installation time in drydock. Digital scanning of a ship’s compartment generates a 3D image from which Bio-UV Group engineers can find the optimum site for its BIO-SEA system and develop more detailed engineering to expedite class approvals and installation.

Florian Cortes, Technical Director - Bio-Sea, Bio-UV Group, said: “By providing a complete BIO-SEA BWTS retrofit package that includes everything from 3D scanning, and modelling to detailed design and commissioning, shipowners need only deal with one or two suppliers rather than several.”

Maxime Dedeurwaerder, Business Director – Bio-Sea, added: “By offering a free-of-charge feasibility audit and competitively priced 3D scanning we can support complete ballast water treatment projects end-to-end. This is a significant benefit for shipowners looking at ways of installing a ballast water treatment system without taking the vessel out of service.”

Due to the current spike in freight rates, Bio-UV Group is fielding more enquiries for in-service installations using dedicated Bio-Sea ‘flying squads’.

“Of course, this adds more to the total cost,” said Dedeurwaerder, “but at least the ship remains in service, earning money. This is a real hot topic at the moment.”

According to Dedeurwaerder, there is a noticeable trend for shipowners looking to work with “a limited number of business partners during a retrofit project, and to be fully supported along that process”.

Coinciding with the introduction of digital modelling services, Bio-UV Group has updated all versions of its UV technology-based Bio-Sea systems to ensure compatibility with GPS data acquisition.

Dedeurwaerder said: “This is a new feature we are providing in anticipation of possible future regulatory requirements. The GPS Data is simply the registration in the log of the system of the vessel GPS position when a ballasting operation is performed. By crossing with all other input data, various analyses will be possible, although at first this addition aims to anticipate a possible IMO regulation update for that respect localisation and tracking of ballasting operations.”

Joining its low-flow L-range, the Bio-Sea M-Series is a multi-lamp reactor designed specifically for flow rates of up to more than 2100m3/h. The compact, low-height design is claimed to make installation easier than medium flow range BWMS in the market.

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