17 August 16

Port ballast water solution approval

1Damen Green Solutions’ InvaSave technology has completed shipboard testing onboard the Henrike Schepers.

The results of the shipboard tests meet the D2-standard of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

They revealed that the InvaSave is capable of providing an IMO type approval backup in the event of a vessel’s onboard treatment systems failing.

Matthijs Schuiten, Damen Green Solutions product manager, said: “More and more countries are ratifying the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) and it could enter into force in 2017; in any case, it is only a matter of time.”

Groningen Seaports is the first port to provide the ballast water treatment service but the solution is expected to appeal to other ports and ship owners which are operating in World Heritage Sites or Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas

Bart van der Kolk, Groningen Seaports’ sustainability coordinator, said: “We are fully prepared for the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of some frontrunners like Damen.

The tests on board the 800 teu container vessel first began back in January.

Source: Green Port

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