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 Saudi Aramco Selects CTG Ballast Water Testing Device

Oil producer Saudi Aramco has selected CTG to provide benchmark testing for compliance with ballast water standards. This follows Saudi Aramco’s announcement that all ships calling at its ports and terminals will be required to provide ballast water samples, in order to demonstrate compliance with the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

CTG’s FastBallast portable ballast water analyzer has been chosen by Saudi Aramco and will be deployed as a benchmark testing device to conduct spot checks on indicative sampling undertaken by third-party sampling companies. FastBallast was selected following a detailed technical review conducted by Saudi Aramco’s in-house marine biology experts.

Leading the way in Exhaust Gas Wash Water Monitoring In 2008, the IMO adopted the global sulphur cap which requires all ships to reduce their emissions to a maximum 0.5% sulphur content as of January 2020 and by 2018 ships are required to submit monitoring data. This is expected to cost the industry an additional $60 billion annually by either switching to alternative fuels or by installing scrubber systems, which clean emissions using water.  CTG developed Sea Sentry, a DNV.GL certified fully autonomous wash water monitor that ensures compliance with the hydrocarbon limits set for discharging the water used to clean emissions. “Sea Sentry has been so successful that it is now installed on over 80 vessels, providing operators with the highest level of confidence in compliance thanks to our unique sensor suite and unprecedented build standard,” said Maritime Manager, Stephanie Lavelle. 

Leading the way in Ballast Water Compliance MonitoringAll ships are required to have an approved  Ballast Water Management Plan by Sept 2017 to prevent the transport of aquatic invasive species. With an estimated $60 billion investment for the industry through installing ballast water treatment system, the challenge now is to evaluate methods and formulate guidelines on how to continually test these systems to ensure they are working effectively.

CTG, with over 50 years’ experience monitoring phytoplankton, received funding to develop such a system. FastBallast is available as a portable or integrated monitoring device that counts phytoplankton cells to the level of detail required by the IMO Regulations, without having to send samples off to a lab.

2 Greenship Ballast smokeWe are delighted to announce the appointment of DONGMOON ENT Co. as overseas representative for our  range of maritime products,” said CTG's Stephanie Lavelle. “DONGMOON ENT will promote our range of water quality monitors for ballast water treatment and exhaust gas cleaning systems in Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan & Japan”. 

Established in 1994, DONGMOON ENT specialises in the supply of integrated systems, instrumentation, sample preparation, data transfer, collection and display to the maritime, water and environmental industries.    “Both their geographical location and expertise make DONGMOON ENT Co a perfect fit for us,” said Stephanie Lavelle. “They now have a Sea Sentry, Wash Water Monitor for Ship Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems and a FastBallast Portable Ballast Water Compliance Monitor in-country available for demonstration.”

Integrated test of Ballast Water for  E.Coli, Enterococci and Toxigenic Cholera, chemicals and phytoplankton.“Chelsea Technologies Group  is a leading innovator in the field of ballast water compliancy monitoring,” said Stephanie Lavelle, CTG’s Maritime Manager. “Our portable and ultra-sensitive ballast water compliance monitor, FastBallast, is able to rapidly test phytoplankton concentrations at the D2 (10 to 50 µm) regulatory limit with the same degree of accuracy as shore based analyses, but in any water type and at the time of discharge. We are delighted to have partnered with BACTEST in the launch of their new Speedy Breedy SeaSure®.”

 

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