Bureau Veritas Class Approval for Damen Green Solution’s mobile InvaSave 300
A SINGLE - pass Ballast Water Treatment solution
Courtesy of Damen
InvaSave 300 is the world’s first external ballast water treatment unit designed primarily for use in ports. The system receives ballast water from inbound vessels and treats it to the IMO D-2 standard to eliminate potentially invasive marine micro-organisms. It can also deliver treated water to the same standard to outbound vessels. Its mobile, containerized format means that it can be operated from the dockside or from onboard a vessel alongside.
Bureau Veritas was involved in the project from the design review stage through to tests confirming conformity to the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention requirements. BV provided support and design review services to help ensure that class rules, flag state requirements and environmental standards would be met, culminating in attestation for the Bureau Veritas type approval testing and certification by the Netherlands administration.
Herman Spilker, Vice-President, North Europe Zone for Bureau Veritas, said, “Damen had the vision for an alternative approach to the ballast water treatment challenge. Our experts were able to guide them through the steps necessary to meet our class requirements as well as the regulatory standards to help them develop a commercial solution.”
MariFlex, the liquid cargo handling experts, are the commercial operator of the first operational unit at Delfzijl and Eemshaven in The Netherlands.
Philip Rabe, responsible for InvaSave sales at Damen, commented: “We’re delighted that the Damen InvaSave is operational in a commercial environment. It is a unique product and, in many cases, it enables ports to offer vessel owners a viable and cost-effective alternative to retrofitting on-board systems. And, in the event of failure of an onboard system, ports can offer owners a means by which they can access ballast water treatment at short notice, ensuring minimal downtime.”