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Ballast Water Technology

To date, the Ballast Water Convention (BWC) has been ratified by 80 states, impacting the operations of more than 80% of the global fleet. As the number of ballast water treatment systems in the market continues to grow, there will be an inevitable acceleration in compliance monitoring. To eliminate the risk of any ambiguity over results, potential fines, delays and reputational damage, it is vital that ballast water sampling and analysis is conducted using a proven methodology and is measured to a consistent industry standard, as failure to deliver this standard risks undermining the very spirit of the Convention.


Ensuring accuracy in portable ballast water testing regulation to enable effective enforcement of the Convention

Article by Dr Brian Phillips for Motorship Magazine May 2019
As a leading global expert in highly advanced sensor technologies and systems, Chelsea Technologies is working closely with regulators including the IMO, ISO and port authorities as a trusted and workable international standard is developed for ballast water sampling and analysis, one that is based on a proven methodology for representative sampling and analysis of ballast water. The company has already initiated discussions with accreditation authorities and is undergoing a process of third-party protocol testing.

Chelsea’s FastBallast compliance monitor can be used by any crew member at any stage during the ballast water discharge operation, producing results in under 10 minutes.

Belgian Government selects Chelsea Technologies for Ballast Water Compliance benchmarking

It was announced today that the Federal Public Service (FPS) Mobility and Transport, the arm of the Belgium government responsible for shipping, has selected Chelsea Technologies, a world leader in the design and manufacture of sensors for the maritime sector to provide benchmark portable testing for compliance with ballast water standards. This follows the Belgium government’s decision to begin testing vessels calling at its ports and terminals to ensure they can demonstrate compliance with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC), representing one of the first European nations to enforce this mandate.

Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference, Awards and ExhibitionMeet with Chelsea’s exhaust gas monitoring experts at next week’s Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference, 8-9th May, Amsterdam  

Delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about Chelsea’s Sea Sentry fully autonomous wash water monitoring system for both the water inlet and outlet of wet exhaust gas scrubber systems. Sea Sentry leads the field for technical innovation and measurement fidelity and its signal processing algorithms are already accredited by Class Societies such as DNV-GL and Class NK. Contact us today to arrange a meeting.



Methodology used by Chelsea Technologies’ FastBallast Sensor independently verified by third party benchmark testing

FastBallast incorporates Single Turnover Active Fluorescence (STAF) technology to enable accurate, algal cell counting capability within a small, lightweight and very portable instrument. Patented signal analysis provides for rapid, on vessel measurement and checks of compliance for treated water.

FastBallast has now been evaluated by independent laboratories and as a result it has been selected for use by the first nations to announce and initiate testing regimes ahead of enforcement by the IMO. One example is the recent selection, through open tender, by the Belgian Port Authority. The Belgian sale is significant as it is the first European country to declare its preference for a particular instrument to begin compliance testing on vessels entering its ports and harbours.

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