French UV-based ballast water treatment specialist Bio-UV Group and its U.S. engineering and servicing partner, the Columbia Group, have been selected to develop a ballast water treatment system for the United States Navy.
The contract follows an international call for tenders to develop a military version of a UV ballast water disinfection system to equip future U.S .Navy ships.
Until now, military vessels have operated outside the scope of the USCG “Standards for Living Organisms in Ship’s Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters” regulation. The requirement entered into forced in 2016 and governs the management of ballast water in U.S waters. Future U.S. military vessels will now need to be equipped with ballast water treatment systems.
Working with the Columbia Group, Bio-UV Group will design a robust ballast water treatment system for ballast pump capacities from 300 cubic meters per hour up to 1,000 cubic meters per hour.
Bio UV Group says that in winning the tender it demonstrated its experience acquired with the French and other navies. The company recently secured contracts to supply the Belgian and Dutch navies with ballast water treatment solutions for installation in twelve mine-hunting vessels.
Bio-UV Group is one of the comparatively small number of companies that have developed a UV-based water disinfection system certified to both IMO (International Maritime Organization) and USCG (United States Coast Guard) type approval requirements.
This dual certification provides BIO-UV Group with a major advantage over its competitors by enabling it to guarantee shipowners that their vessels will be able to sail anywhere in the world and in particular in the United States coastal waters.
“We are pleased to have been selected in association with the Columbia Group to design the ballast water treatment systems that will equip future U.S. Navy ships,” said said Benoit Gillmann, President and CEO of Bio-UV Group. “Three years after obtaining USCG certification, this new step represents a recognition of our know-how and a new prestigious reference for Bio-UV Group,”