St. Louis, Mo., based water and wastewater treatment systems specialist Scienco/FAST has acquired the InTank Ballast Water Treatment System developed by Envirocleanse, a division of Charter Brokerage, LLC, a Berkshire Hathaway Company.
The InTank BWTS, which has both U.S. Coast Guard and IMO approvals, is an “in voyage” type system. Using patented nozzles inside the ballast tanks and a hypochlorite generator, the InTank BWTS only operates during the voyage. Treatment of the tanks is performed in transit. There is no disruption to cargo operations and neutralization is confirmed and recorded before de-ballasting starts. All ballasting and de-ballasting activities are completed as normal with no filtration and no increase in power demand,
The system’s lack of filtration and independence of ballast pumps or lines means that it is immune to many of the problems associated with ballast including pump flow rates, pressure losses and power shortages.
“The InTank BWTS provides the best confidence of regulatory compliance with the least impact to vessel operations. It is an important and unique addition to the current offerings in the marketplace,” says Bob Rebori, President of Scienco/FAST, a subsidiary of BioMicrobics, Inc. “Add all of these advantages to the fact that we offer the most ‘life-cycle,’ cost-competitive system on the market.”
In contrast to inline ballast water treatment systems, says Scienco/FAST, the InTank solution is based on recirculation during ships’ voyages, avoiding operational and commercial risk for time critical high ballast dependent ships while introducing the ability to control regrowth during longer voyages.