To meet demands for ballast water treatment systems from operators of workboats, yachts, research ships, offshore service vessels (OSVs), and similar sized vessels, ultraviolet (UV) based water treatment specialist BIO-UV group has introduced UV BWTS, reportedly the smallest in the marketplace.
The new BIO-SEA L01-0030 Mini is said to be more compact than the company’s existing low-flow BIO-SEA L range. It is a fully automated filtration with a UV based system designed to treat ballast water flow rates from 13-30m3/hr from a unit that has a skid footprint of 1m2.
Part of its ‘L’ range for flow rates from 13-120m3/hr, the addition of the new L Mini gives a low-flow BIO-SEA BWTS for processing capacities below 30m3/hr.
“We have been able to reduce system footprint and overall size without impacting performance,” said Pierre Decloedt, technical director, BIO-SEA by BIO-UV group. “We added component flexibility and reduced the height of the system, a consideration when trying to fit a ballast water treatment system into a small machinery space.” He added that the L01-0030 Mini is the “smallest, most compact BWTS” “designed for this market sector”.
Reportedly chemical-free with zero active substances and by-products, the BIO-SEA Mini has been tested in low UV water transmittance conditions with performance unaffected by water temperature and salinity.
With a white gloss finish, CuNiFe pipework, high quality components, filter choices, and drip tray as options, the L01-0030 Mini can be delivered as a covered skid allowing for installation in areas outside the machinery room, such as the hangar, garage, or an open space. A loose component modular version is also available.
“There are space constraints on newbuild yachts. But we have listened to builders, managers, and owners to produce a compact, automated, plug-in-and-play BWTS that meets their dimensional and performance requirements,” he said.
BIO-SEA Unit Director Maxime Dedeurwaerder added that the development originates from a technical management company’s request to source a BWTS compatible with the machinery space dimensions of a yacht undergoing refit.
With four firm orders since the launch in July, two of these orders are said to be for newbuild superyachts. Dedeurwaerder said that a Mediterranean yard to refit a 33m yacht with a BIO-SEA L01-0030 mini modular version is also in discussion. He said, “If the project moves forward, it would be the smallest super yacht equipped with BIO-SEA BWTS.”
BIO UV goup has a range of certified UV based BWTS for different types of vessels and ballast water flow rates. The France-based listed company also provides 3D scanning, design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, and aftersales services as part of a complete turnkey BWTS package.