Ballast water

The introduction of invasive marine species into new environments by ship’s ballast water has been identified as one of the greatest threats to the world’s oceans.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water & Sediments was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2004.

Ultraviolet (UV) treatment has become a popular and proven method to treat ship’s ballast water. UV popularity is credited to its effectiveness in ‘killing’ algae, bacteria and viruses without creating toxic residues.

The principal effect of UV light in microorganisms is to damage the microogranism’s genetic material (DNA/RNA) while acting as a germicide to attack biomolecules inside microorganisms (Kalisvaart, 2011).

To function in this maritime environment, UV systems must have a small ‘footprint’. Ballast water intake and discharge must be done as quickly as possible, so a UV system must also be able to treat a large volume of water in a short time.

bestUV fulfills both demands, providing UV systems with a compact footprint and the ability to treat large volumes in a short period. Single chambers for high flows are available in the standard range of bestUV systems.

Each system bestUV’s experts design for use with a ship’s ballast water is both mechanically and electrically sound. It features a robust, vibration- and corrosion-proof design that allows water to travel long distances between UV cabinet and UV reactor. The control is easy to integrate into a ship’s ballast water management system (BWMS).

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