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Posted by September 24, 2018

CompactClean BWMS Receives IMO Type Approval

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S has announced that the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval according to the revised IMO BWMS code.

This approval means that the CompactClean BWMS becomes one of only two systems worldwide approved for installation on vessels also after October 28, 2020.

On September 21, 2018 DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) received IMO Type Approval according to the IMO Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (resolution MEPC.300(72)), also often referred to as the revised G8. The approval was issued by Lloyd’s Register on behalf of the Danish Environmental Agency and the Danish Maritime Authority.

The IMO BWMS Code was adopted in April 2018 and includes more stringent and robust testing and approval requirements than its predecessor. All BWMS installed on ships on or after 28 October 2020 must be approved according to this revised BWMS code. Today only two systems have this approval, which means that the CompactClean BWMS is one of only two BWMS available worldwide that meet the future requirements.

IMO type approval is the first step in the planned approval process for the CompactClean BWMS, which will now continue with the issuance of a Lloyd’s Register Type Approval certificate, and the submission of a full application for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval within a couple of weeks. Furthermore, the CompactClean BWMS is undergoing approval according to ATEX and IECEx requirements for installation in hazardous zones on e.g. oil and chemical tankers, and this approval is expected before the end of 2018.

The IMO Type Approval includes no operational limitations of the system with regard to salinity, temperature or holding time. The CompactClean system comes in 14 different flowrate sizes, with the smallest having a maximum flowrate of 35 m3/h, and the largest having a maximum flowrate of 3000 m3/h. With this wide flow range, no operational limitations, and once the USCG Type Approval and the approval for installation in hazardous areas have been received, the CompactClean BWMS is a solution that meets the requirements of almost any ship in local or worldwide operation.