U.S. Coast Guard grants AMS acceptance for ballast water treatment system

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ALPHARETTA, GA, Aug. 19, 2014 -- The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has granted alternate management system (AMS) acceptance of a new ballast water management system for use in fresh, brackish and sea water, providing ship owners with a type-approved solution that can be deployed in any trade lane worldwide.

Called SeaCURETM, the technology is provided by Evoqua Water Technologies, a specialist in water and wastewater treatment products, systems and services, and has been accepted for use as an AMS by the USCG. AMS acceptance means that vessel owners and operators are now permitted to use the SeaCURE ballast water treatment system in U.S. waters.

SeaCURE has previously been typed approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and BSH, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie). Evoqua will also apply for and undergo thorough testing required toward full USCG type approval. Currently, no ballast water treatment system has full USCG type approval.

SeaCURE is an efficient, reliable, low-cost ballast water management system based on proven, widely-deployed Chloropac® electrochlorination technology from Electrocatalytic, now an Evoqua brand.

SeaCURE eliminates the need for storing or handling chemicals onboard due to in-situ generation of sodium hypochlorite from the natural salinity in seawater. Sodium hypochlorite biocide generation in a side stream taken off the ballast water main minimizes footprint, making it an ideal choice for retrofits. Patented intake filter technology injects biocide into ballast seawater before it reaches the large surface filter intakes to reduce the growth of marine organisms that can clog the filters.

The SeaCURE system is based on the tested Chloropac marine growth prevention system (MGPS), which uses electrochlorination biocide generation and injection treatment for seawater cooling systems. More than 2,500 Chloropac systems have been fitted to ships and offshore rigs globally over the past 30 years.

One of the added benefits of SeaCURE is the option for the system to operate in MGPS mode when it is not being used for ballast water treatment. MGPS, such as that offered through SeaCURE, can significantly reduce the costs associated with seawater cooling system anode replacement, as well as the cleaning and overhaul of coolers, valves and pipework, in turn enabling permanently clean cooling systems to work at optimum efficiency.

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About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies is a specialist in water and wastewater treatment products, systems and services for industrial, municipal and marine customers. Its comprehensive, cost-effective and reliable treatment systems and services reduce fresh water demand, ensure uninterrupted quantity and quality of water, and enable regulatory and environmental compliance. With a wide range of proven product brands and advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies, mobile and emergency water supply solutions and service contract options, Evoqua helps cities provide clean water and industrial plants to maintain productivity and profitability. For more information, visit www.evoqua.com.

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