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Monday, December 20, 2021 

Ecochlor's filterless EcoOne and EcoOne Hybrid ballast water management systems (BWMS) have received United States Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval, following extensive testing to ensure that it works effectively as a single-step treatment, without a filter, under all operating conditions in brackish and marine waters in accordance with the USCG, Standards for Living organisms in Ship’s Ballast Discharged Waters, Final Rule (Final Rule).

IMO Type Approval has already been granted, demonstrating compliance with one of the most recent, stringent testing standards available in the industry.

Leif Melhus, Senior Engineering Manager, said: “All of our arrangements for the USCG Type Approval came together quickly due to some very hard work by our engineering team and with the great help of our partners in this endeavour – DNV, Golden Bear Research Facility, DHI and Maran Tankers. This is due to everyone staying focused and following through on every little detail in a timely fashion. It is a fantastic achievement and a credit to each and every person who worked on the team.”

CEO Andrew Marshall added: “Our EcoOne and EcoOne Hybrid BWMSs with both IMO and USCG Type Approval have revolutionised the BWMS industry. Whilst we acknowledge that there isn’t any single BWMS that will fit all applications for every trade route, we now offer three variations of BWMS - a filtered, filterless and hybrid version. Add to that our powerful chlorine dioxide (ClO2) treatment technology - which is effective in all water conditions without any need for the crew to adjust operating parameters - and low cost. Accordingly, shipowners will no longer have to install BWMSs that are not optimal for their vessel or trade routes. The Ecochlor systems, already having a strong reputation for reliability, make an especially attractive option for any shipowner focused on compliance.”

Ecochlor’s three products incorporate ClO2 technology in different ways to provide shipowners flexibility in the installation and operation of their BWMS. Benefits claimed for every Ecochlor system include few main components to minimise breakdowns, no TRO sensors, no complex power or electrodes, no retreatment or neutralisation at discharge, high flow rates (16,200 m3/h), an option to gravity ballast, and the lowest power requirements in the industry.

The EcoOne BWMS it is easy for the crew to operate, with less equipment to maintain, lower power requirements, allowance for gravity ballasting both intake and discharge, as much as 40% less expensive installation cost. EcoOne employs Ecochlor’s high quality, reliable construction and level of service.

Marshall concluded: “Many of our new contracts are with current clients on their “second wave” of BWMS installations and most of them are purchasing an EcoOne or EcoOne Hybrid this time around. This is due in part to the lower Capex and Opex costs for the shipowner, positive feedback from their crew regarding our previously installed systems, high operability (98%) of Ecochlor system, and the excellent service support programmes we offer to them.”

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