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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 

US company De Nora has announced that its Balpure Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received a Type Approval certificate as per resolution MEPC.300 (72) (the BWMS Code) from the UK's Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA).

This certification was officially approved at the recent MEPC 75 session at IMO.

All vessels for which the installation of a BWMS is mandated have been required to comply with the BWMS Code as from 28 October 2020. The G8 standard for BWMS was revised in light of operational and regulatory compliance concerns raised by stakeholders during the experience building phase of IMO ballast water regulations. The standard was tightened to increase the reliability of systems and provide shipowners with greater confidence. While De Nora says its Balpure BWMS has always met these standards, this new certification enables shipowners to continue to use the system with confidence.

The Balpure system meets IMO and USCG Type Approval rules and has been granted type approval by Lloyd’s Register as per the BWMS Code. The system uses a slip stream treatment approach to simplify installations while allowing the system to comfortably operate in all water conditions. Using self-cleaning electrodes, the system is said to provide a simple route to compliance.

Matt Granitto, GM De Nora Marine Technologies, said: “We are delighted to have officially received the new TA as per the Code. Our dedicated team of engineers has worked hard to ensure our systems have always met these new, higher standards for BWMS and had already passed rigorous pre-approval tests from Lloyd’s Register without modification. As a company, we will always strive to deliver confidence and easy compliance for shipowners.”

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