inTank Ballast Water Treatment System

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inTank Ballast Water Treatment System

During a Port call ship’s cargo and related ballast-operation are critical processes with very high power demands. Unlike many other BWTS the inTank ballast water treatment process is completely disconnected from Port operations. Hence, your regular (de)ballasting practices can be maintained. The reason is very simple: we treat whilst in transit. It makes common sense to treat the ballast water whilst on voyage, as there is usually sufficient time, crew and power available in contrast to port cargo-operations.

The process of the inTank system is very simple. The system treats each of the ballast tanks individually. At start of the process a small portion of the ballast water is suctioned from a tank, via new installed dedicated distribution piping, and passed through a circulation module. The module generates and returns the active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite (NaOCL), to the same ballast tank via patented mixing nozzles. The nozzles are designed for optimal diffusion in the tank. The disinfection process of the ballast tank is monitored via Concentration Time Dosing [CT dosage], a common employed method worldwide. CT dosage is the product of Disinfection Concentration (in mg/l) and contact time (in hours) and measured as TRO-level. The method of continuous monitoring ensures regulatory compliance when needed, at discharge.



Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS)

Ships transport approximately 85% of international traded goods via our oceans. As cargo loads vary, ships need to ballast and de-ballast water for stability. Ballast operations imply the risk of introducing invasive aquatic organisms causing damage to local oceanic habitat.

The purpose of The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, adopted by the IMO in 2004, is to eliminate the risks of such negative impacts. For that purpose BWTS are designed to kill, eliminate all aquatic organisms before de-ballasting.

Ship owners have a variety of treatment technologies to select, as the majority of seagoing ships must be fitted with BWTS in the near future. The suitability of various BWT technologies, systems and makers depends on ballast pump capacity, familiarity, available space and financial impact (capex and opex).