(Drammen, Norway, 10th of May 2016) OceanSaver has finalized all required testing for the US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application of ballast water management systems. In close cooperation with ship-owner, The CSL Group – OceanSaver concluded testing along the Pacific coast of North America within a range of demanding conditions.
“We are very pleased to announce the completion of all tests as part of the USCG test program. Shipboard tests were successfully completed on track and as scheduled on May 5th and component testing to be finalized shortly afterwards. All tests have been confirmed to meet all USCG requirements. We expect to finalize the formal application soon, which will position us among the very first BWTS vendors to submit an official application to the US Coast Guard by early June” says Helle Hundseid, CEO at OceanSaver.
The ship-board testing – being carried out on the 2×2000 m3h capacity system of the CSL bulk carrier “Sheila Ann” – was initiated at the end of the summer in 2015. As per requirements, the Ballast Water Treatment system has been in continuous operation by the ship’s crew throughout the testing period along the vessel’s trade route – including the saline and brakish water ports of San Marco, Mexico, San Francisco Bay, and Tacoma (WA), as well as various fresh water ports on the US pacific coast. Despite the wide range of highly varying conditions challenging the OceanSaver BWT system, daily operation of the vessel was never disrupted.
“As one of the first suppliers of ballast water treatment systems to apply for US Coast Guard Type Approval, we confirm our position as a frontrunner with an undisputable capacity to develop and deliver fully-compliant and high-quality treatment systems for ballast water,” says Alan Linderoth, Vice President Sales and Marketing at OceanSaver. “We have consistently used the US Coast Guard-recognized FDA/CMFDA test method, and so we are confident in the submission of our formal application to the classification society and the US Coast Guard,” Linderoth continues.
This accomplishment is yet additional proof of OceanSaver’s efforts to perform to the highest industry standard – whose compliance portfolio was recently strenghtened with a full Class Approval by ABS to compliment the existing DNV-GL Class Approval. OceanSaver also continues to win contracts in a highly competitive BWTS market, recently contracting delivery of treatment systems to six newbuildings in Korea.