The Type-Approved BALPURE® system surpasses IMO D-2 standards by ten-fold.
BALPURE® is one of the most tested and proven ballast water treatment systems. For more than eight years, the BALPURE system has undergone extensive testing and received third-party verification for meeting rigorous standards for performance, corrosion and safety.
The BALPURE ballast water treatment system is Type-Approved to meet IMO regulations for ballast water.
- Type Approval received July 2011 (BSH Germany was the approving agency)
- Type Approval from Bureau Veritas, received May 2012
- Certificate of Design Assessment from ABS, received June 2012
- Type Approval applications in process with other Class Societies
- Alternate Management System (AMS) certification from U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received April 2013
The BALPURE system was pilot tested at the University of Washington at Marrowstone Island in 2004-2005.
Extensive land-based testing was undertaken at a range of renowned global testing facilities:
- Naval Research Labs Key West (Florida, USA) in 2008
- Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) in 2009
- Maritime Environmental Resources Center (Maryland, USA) in 2009
Commercial testing of the BALPURE system continues to be undertaken on the S/R American Progress, a 175 meter, 46,000 dwt, double-hull U.S. flag tank ship, operated by SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. The installation received American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certification in 2008. The vessel was accepted into the United States Coast Guard Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) in August 2009 and was authorized to discharge treated ballast water in California in August 2010.
Shipboard testing of the BALPURE system was undertaken on the California Maritime Academy training ship, the 150 meter T.S. Golden Bear, from May to December 2010. The BALPURE system successfully completed shipboard testing in December 2010, surpassing requirements for IMO G8 Guidelines for approval of Ballast Water Management Systems and IMO Ballast Water Convention D-2 Standards.