Damen’s award-winning, mobile, ballast water treatment system has received IMO type approval.
The Damen InvaSave, an external ballast water treatment unit designed primarily for use in ports and harbours, treats ballast water to the IMO D-2 standard for ballast water received from inbound ships and has been developed for after September 8, 2017, when unmanaged ballast water cannot be discharged.
It can also deliver water treated to the same standard to outbound vessels. Its mobile, containerised format means that it can be operated from the dockside or from onboard a vessel alongside, receiving or delivering water to a ship.
Any vessel that cannot take in or discharge its ballast water after that date will be restricted in its operations and there may be financial implications due to demurrage costs.
Damen has dedicated years of research on the development of the InvaSave, including collaboration with some of the leading research institutes in the Netherlands – Groningen Seaports, Wagenborg, MariFlex and Waddenfonds.
Marcel Karsijns, Managing Director of Damen Green Solutions, said: “InvaSave solves the ballast water challenge in ports. We are very proud to receive IMO type approval – it proves the capabilities of this product, something that we have believed in for a long time now. We are looking forward to providing this solution to the market.”
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards recently started transitioning to new ISO certifications as part of an ongoing initiative to standardise operating procedures across the group.