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GEA Westfalia launches chemical-free BWT

Written by Nick Blenkey

BallastMaster UltraV 2JULY 26, 2012 — GEA Westfalia Separator will be using the upcoming SMM event in Hamburg, Germany, to launch a new, chemical-free, ballast water treatment (BWT) system and a new holistic approach to service and maintenance.

Until now, ballast water on board has generally been treated with the use of chemicals, resulting in corresponding detrimental effects for the environment as well as material costs. GEA Westfalia’s new BallastMaster ultraV solution has been certified under IMO regulations. All necessary ballast water cleaning processes are completed entirely without the use of chemicals and solely on the basis of filtration and irradiation with UV-C light. As ultrasound is used for the self-cleaning of the lamps, no disinfection by-products occur.

The BallastMaster ultraV has a modular structure and is therefore suited both to use in the construction of new ships and to retrofitting.


Experts estimate that the costs of system failures and downtimes within one life cycle could be three to four times greater than the corresponding costs of maintenance and repair. Particularly in ship operations, the economic importance of system availability cannot be overestimated. GEA Westfalia Separator Group is therefore also bringing its new, holistic serv&care service concept to SMM 2012. serv&care makes service not only more flexible and adaptable than before but also capable of learning. Maintenance measures are no longer bound by rigid concepts and firmly defined packages but rather form one element of individually coordinated service agreements. In all parameters, these are precisely geared to the individual requirements of the customer. The central benefit for the customer: maximum system availability with absolute budget security.

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