French ballast water management system (BWMS) maker Bio-UV has lodged the 10th application for US Coast Guard (USCG) type-approval for its Bio-Sea.
Its application was filed on 12 March and in a statement today (15 March) Bio-UV’s group president Benoit Gillmann predicted that type-approval would be awarded “in the next 90 days”. If Bio-Sea achieves that goal, it will become only the second application to be processed within that timescale.
A blog post on the USCG website explains that its Marine Safety Center (MSC) “will review the application for compliance with US Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type-approval certificate.” Bio-Sea will then become the third USCG type-approved system to use filtration and UV irradiation.
Land-based tests were carried out at DHI in Denmark and at NIVA in Norway, with shipboard tests conducted on two CMA CGM container ships trading worldwide. Bio-UV has named one of the vessels as the 148,000 dwt container ship CMA CGM G Washington, one of the largest box ships.
Mr Gillmann’s statement said that Bio-Sea systems can operate in two modes: one that meets USCG requirements based on its CMFDA testing routine and one that satisfies IMO’s MPN definition. More than 100 ships use Bio-Sea systems, he added.