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Types of BW treatment/management systems

Two types of systems lead the market: those that use UV lamps and those that use chemicals in the second phase of cleaning. Both systems involve a primary filtering system.

A third system makes use of heat from the vessel's main engine exhaust. Water is circulated and heated to pasteurise the ballast water, killing all living organisms.

Which system is the most suitable depends on various factors, including the following:

  • flow ballast water (m³/hr)
  • total amount of ballast water to be cleaned
  • new build or retrofit
  • company's policy about waste disposal (chemical)
  • sailing USA water or not (US Coast Guard regulations).

The market for Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) or Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) is still young. A lot of developments are to be expected. Leading systems can be overtaken quite easily when technology advances. As a worldwide specialist in servicing BWTS, we keep abreast of new developments, so we can advise you better.

MR Ballast services any type of ballast water treatment system, helping to ensure ships’ compliance and clean oceans worldwide.

Email to ask us about implementing your ship’s Ballast Water Management Plan. Or call +31 10 714 4882 for a quick response, 24/7.