In eight Northern European ports ship owners are able to treat their unmanaged ballast water or load cleaned ballast water, using Damen’s IMO certified InvaSave ballast water management system.

In a cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), this ballast water reception/bunkering service will be available in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brest, Dunkerque, Vlissingen, Den Helder, Stellendam and Harlingen.

The discharge of ballast water is forbidden as on 8 September last year the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention came into force. The convention aims to halt the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss.

Ship owners can install on board treatment plants but for ships without such a plant, ports can offer a reception service.

dws-damen-eu-ports-invasave-hamburg-350pxInvaSave on trials in port of Hamburg. On top photo the first InvaSave system in Groningen Port, the Netherlands.

Port-based service
Damen’s InvaSave is the world’s first external ballast water treatment unit designed primarily to offer such a port-based ballast water service.

With this cooperation, vessels coming into these eight ports will be able to take advantage of a one-stop-shop for their ballast water treatment requirements.

No more delays
‘Our goal is to build up a reliable worldwide ballast water service network,” says Philip Rabe from Damen Green Solutions.

‘Since the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention was enforced on the 8th of September this year, some ship owners are already facing delays in ports due to unmanaged ballast water’, Rabe adds. ‘For example, unmanned barges do not have the capabilities to perform mandatory ballast water exchanges'. 

dws-damen-eu-ports-invasave-uv-reactor-350pxHearth of the InvaSave treatment technology is the ultraviolet-reactor to eradicate invasive organisms.

No need for exchange of ballast water
Rabe continues: ‘With our ballast water bunkering service we can both accept used ballast water for disposal, as well as fill up ballast water tanks with certified clean water at the port of departure. As a result, this eliminates the need for ballast water exchange.’

Damen Green Solutions is in talks with several other ports and harbour service providers around the world to offer the InvaSave service.

The InvaSave meets the D2 treatment standard of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

This news item was originally published on the web site of Damen Shipyards.

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