Ballast water sampling and analysis made easier

Viable Organism Analyzer (VOA1000) Viable Organism Analyzer (VOA1000)

MAY 16, 2017 — So, how do you know if that expensive ballast water management system (BWMS) is working? Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. group company MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. and Satake Corporation will use the upcoming Bari-Ship 2017 event in Imabari, Japan, to introduce a compact ballast water sampling and analysis system that can be brought on board ship in a backback.

The Satake designed and developed "Viable Organism Analyzer (VOA1000)" can detect the number of viable organisms in the ballast water, based on ballast water discharge standard (D-2) of the Ballast Water Management Convention which will enter into force in Sep 8th, 2017.

Satake's test method "pulse counting FDA" has been approved the guidance on ballast water sampling and analysis for trial use in accordance with the BWM Convention and Guidelines (G2) by IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 68th session in May 2015.

MOL BWM sideThis analyzer can estimate the number of both large size (minimum diameter ≧ 50 µm) and small size (minimum diameter 10 µm ≦ x < 50 µm) in one unit. It has high correlation for detecting 1 individual organism at 100 ml.

MOL Engineering and Satake have jointly developed a compact Ballast Water Sample Concentrator. It allows quick and easy preparation for concentration of sample waters to be used for the inspection of organisms in ballast water. By using a concentrator, both large and small size samples can be sorted and collected.

The Satake Viable Organism Analyzer takes about 30 minutes to perform a measurement, including stain time, and is easily operated by touch panel.

Ballast Water Sample Concentrator

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