Regulatory ApprovalsBallast water standards have been established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
IMO Type Approval for the Ecochlor® BWTS was received from BSH in Germany in 2011, confirming that Ecochlor systems comply with the 2004 IMO International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments. In 2013, Ecochlor received US Coast Guard Alternative Management System (AMS) acceptance for its full line of ballast water treatment systems. This allows ship operators to use an Ecochlor® BWTS in US waters to effectively manage their ballast discharge. Ecochlor has filed an application with the USCG for Type Approval for their Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). Upon USCG approval, the Ecochlor® BWTS will extend the range of options for shipowners beyond UV and electrochlorination technologies. Testing was completed in September of 2016. It included a series of land-based test cycles, ship-based test cycles and environmental tests. The California Maritime Academy’s Golden Bear Facility, a USCG-approved sub-laboratory, conducted all land-based and ship-based tests. Additional environmental testing on certain components of the Ecochlor® BWTS was performed by Retlif Testing Laboratories, another USCG-approved sub-laboratory. All testing has been overseen by DNV-GL, one of the Independent Laboratories authorized by the USCG to oversee the Type Approval testing process.