Evoqua to complete brackish water testing for ballast water management solutions
Evoqua Water Technologies announced that it has become the first company to complete low-salinity (brackish) water testing for ballast water management solutions.
PITTSBURGH, PA, Aug. 10, 2015 -- Today, Evoqua Water Technologies, a specialist in water and wastewater treatment products, announced that it has become the first company to complete low-salinity (brackish) water testing for ballast water management solutions (BWMS). As part of United States Coast Guard (USCG) protocols, BWMS are designed to safely protect the environment and economies from invasive aquatic species damage.
Testing for the SeaCURE™ system for BWMS was completed at the Marine Environmental Resource Center (MERC) in Baltimore, Md., under rigorous conditions that replicate the environment in which the system will be operating. Evoqua is the first to complete this phase of testing with a U.S. Independent Laboratory. The low-salinity trials are the first of three phases required for full USCG approval. The SeaCURE system will now move on to freshwater testing and sea trials planned for later in the year.
The technology has already attained alternate management systems (AMS) acceptance for fresh, brackish and full saline water and was the first electrochlorination system to receive AMS acceptance for all three salinities. AMS approval is a temporary designation granted to a system that has already been approved by an international administration. SeaCURE is believed to be the only side-stream electrochlorination system on the market to be AMS approved for all three types of water. The USCG protocol BWMS testing for the brackish water phase was completed on July 30, 2015.
Designed as a safe, secure system suitable for gas carriers, tankers, bulk carriers, and container vessels, SeaCURE systems for BWMS is suitable for vessels with higher ballast water flow rates ranging from 500 to 4,000 cubic meters per hour. Higher flow rates can be accommodated by using multiple units. SeaCURE systems for BWMS are equally suitable for retrofitting on existing vessels as well as for installation and use on new-build ships.
SeaCURE systems are based on the technology used in Evoqua's Chloropac® system, which, with over 40 years' experience across the maritime industry, has established itself as a marine growth prevention system highly regarded for its performance, safety and reliability. The system is designed for the lifetime of a fleet and can operate continuously either as a marine growth prevention device or, when specified, as a dual-purpose system sharing the same resources for ballast water treatment.
This flexibility in design can provide ship owners with significant maintenance savings and improved return on investment. The SeaCURE system is similarly designed to save energy and reduce operating costs for the ship owner. Variations in demand are taken into account to deliver biocide only at the dosage necessary for successful ballast water treatment.
About Evoqua Water Technologies
Evoqua Water Technologies is a specialist in water and wastewater treatment products, systems and services for industrial and municipal 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.