Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the innovative AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system.
The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimised for medium-sized to large vessels. The system is highly effective in water of any salinity, turbidity or temperature.
The intention is to advance to a full partnership by the end of 2016. Currently AVITALISTM is undergoing ship board testing IMO type approval and USCG land-based testing. It is anticipated that IMO type approval will be achieved in the first half of 2017, followed by USCG type approval later the same year.
The chemical used in the treatment process is PERACLEAN® Ocean, developed by Evonik Industries AG, the leading German speciality chemicals company. The PERACLEAN® family of biocides is well proven and widely used in the medical and foodstuffs and beverages industries, amongst others, to disinfect equipment.
With a broad anti-microbial spectrum, it is effective even at low temperatures and rapidly decomposes into water, oxygen and acetic acid, which is readily biodegradable. As such it is expected to meet and exceed regulatory requirements well into the future.
Barry Stolk, of Damen Green Solutions, said: “For Damen our priority is always the highest quality possible, TeamTec is a respected name in the marine industry with over 30 years of experience, and Evonik is a world leader in its sector.
“We have every confidence that the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system has a great future ahead of it. This combination of Norwegian, German and Dutch expertise will be very effective indeed.”
Ole Bulien, Sales Representative for TeamTec in The Netherlands, said: “Marine equipment manufacturer TeamTec and the Damen Group has over many years developed a solid relationship based on mutual trust.
“Damen Green Solutions provides its clients with perfect turnkey solutions for the integration of ballast water treatment systems both for new builds and on retrofits, including all stages of engineering and project management.
“This high quality and effective concept, based on the extensive ship building knowledge within Damen, fits perfectly with TeamTec’s core business of focusing on supplying well tested quality equipment plus relevant equipment integration support. We are glad and proud to be a part of this team.”
A specialist maritime contractor, Waterway Constructions, has received a Damen DOP250 submersible dredge pump. The company, based in Sydney, is a contractor that undertakes construction, maintenance and refurbishment of maritime structures throughout Australia.