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It was more than a year ago that the shipping industry was finally provided with a solid timeline around the Ballast Water Convention (BWC) and the required installation of a Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). The recent decision by the IMO to extend the deadline for the retrofitting of vessels with BWTS will have come as a relief to many shipowners, but those looking to take advantage of this extension are operating under a real risk of reputational harm and reduced commercial opportunities. Saudi Aramco and the US Coast Guard have set high environmental standards and are driving change ahead of regulations, and it is clear that ballast water monitoring & the issue of compliance is here to stay. Support vessel owners and operators should take steps now, both to maintain the asset value of their craft and to future-proof their operational freedom. Failure to do may result in reduced opportunities, lower profitability, and relegation to the second division of environmental leadership.

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Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) specialises in the design and manufacture of a range of sensors & systems for the maritime, marine science, water environmental, defence and process control markets.  “For over 50 years we have been operating globally via a network of overseas agents and partners,” said CTG’s Maritime Manager Stephanie Lavelle. “We are now actively seeking new overseas representatives who specialize in our business sectors”. 

 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 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.

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. 

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