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Monday, November 15, 2021 

France-based water treatment specialist Bio-UV Group company Bio-Sea will be hosting ballast water compliance appraisals during this years METS trade show to help yacht owners, managers and crews better navigate the complex requirements of the IMO BWM Convention.

Individual customer meeting will allow interested parties to address compliance issues in the light of industry confusion after vessels below 50m in length have been found to be incompliant when operating in international waters without a ballast water treatment plant. Yachts under 50m in length are often considered recreational craft and thus exempt from the regulations. However, despite their size, some smaller vessels are over 400gt and have a ballast water capacity greater than 8m3. This means they must comply with the requirements set out in the BWM Convention.

Camille Cosson, Sales Manager – Yachts, Bio-Sea, said: “Some prospective customers struggle to understand the regulation and the need for a BWTS on their newbuilds. Some have realised they need to install a system at the outfitting stage, which of course results in substantial retrofit engineering, integration, delivery delays and increased costs. To end the confusion over which yachts require a BWTS and which ones do not, we are inviting yacht operators and builders to METS stand #07.533 to discuss the rules and their installation and operational requirements.”

In line with IMO Regulation B-3 (Ballast Water Management for Ships), every yacht needs to conduct ballast water management that at least meets the Convention’s requirements. New yachts where keels are laid after 8 September 2017 are required to comply with the D-2 standard at delivery. For existing yachts, compliance depends on the renewal date of the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) certificate. If the vessel is not subject to MARPOL Annex I IOPP Certification, then D-2 compliance is to be adopted no later than 8 September 2024.

Florian Cortes, Technical Director Bio-Sea said: “There are a number of yachts currently in operation that need to install a ballast water treatment system. With our 3D scanning and design capability we can find the optimum UV-based BWTS solution for all sizes of yacht, including superyachts and megayachts. Overall feedback from end users with existing installations onboard is excellent: technical managers, chief engineers and captains from different ships are very satisfied with our system.”

Bio-UV Group has more than 30 yacht references for its Bio-Sea L series BWTS.  With flow rates ranging from 13m3/h to 120m3/h, the   L range – one of the most compact ballast water treatment systems – is both USCG- and IMO-approved. Supplied as either a modular or skid system, a Bio-Sea L unit can be available with CuNiFe pipework for enhanced corrosion protection and in a range of gloss finishes, including white. A drip tray, and 9in or 15in auxiliary touch screens to operate the system remotely are additional options.

In addition to the yacht segment’s ballast water treatment requirements, Bio-Sea representatives will be on hand to explain how the company’s proprietary UV-based water treatment technology can eradicate the viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and other harmful micro-organisms typically found in yachts’ spas, swimming pools, showers, and galleys.

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