China’s Headway Technology submitted an application for US Coast Guard (USCG) type-approval for its OceanGuard ballast water management system (BWMS) last week (9 May). Its application covers all models of the system, including explosion proof versions, it said in a statement on Friday (11 May). “Since no change [was] made to the system during the tests, all delivered systems will also meet the USCG regulation,” the statement said.
Headway said that the tests showed its BWMS to be “extraordinarily dependable and efficient under extreme conditions.” During the land-based tests, it “smoothly overcame the challenges from low temperature, low salinity, high turbidity and high organism-density without any auxiliary equipment,” it said.
In shipboard tests, it tested both long and short holding times “to verify the biological efficiency and ability to deal with algae re-growth.” It also tested its proprietary filter in muddy water.
Its application brought the number of companies awaiting their first USCG type-approval to eight. USCG’s target for processing applications is 30 days, but some of those currently awaiting approval have been on the list for considerably longer than that; Samsung’s application was submitted on 28 September 2017, more than seven months ago. Three other companies that already have type-approval are awaiting approval for amended versions of their equipment.
On the same day as it submitted its application, Headway announced orders for 35 ship-sets during Q1 of this year “from old client” and a referred to a separate contract for 50 ship-sets from “one famous Hong Kong owner” that was signed in December.
Other orders this year have included “two repeated orders from Greek and Norwegian owner for several 76,000 dwt bulk carriers.” Installations will be done on those ships during drydockings this year.
In addition, contracts for another 50 ship-sets are “waiting to be signed, covering many famous owners from various countries and regions,” the company said.
• Headway’s OceanGuard system should not be confused with the Danish BWMS manufacturer Desmi Ocean Guard