Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, has introduced the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold™ Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS), which offers the smallest footprint of any BWTS in the maritime industry, at Marintec Shanghai, China.
The IMO type-approved Hyde GUARDIAN Gold provides a 50% reduction in footprint with its new filter. The system is ideal for retrofits as it provides the compact size required by a growing number of ship owners and operators, while still maintaining the robust construction and technological specifications necessary to meet stringent ballast water treatment (BWT) regulations.
Currently, Hyde Marine is the maritime industry’s most experienced solutions provider in the BWT retrofit market with more than 34 projects, for which 21 Hyde GUARDIAN units have already been installed and commissioned.
While the footprint for the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold is 50% smaller, the unit features a number of distinct advantages, including continuous and increased flow to tanks during ballasting, ability to handle heavy organic and sediment loading, and up to a 30% reduction in peak power consumption.
The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS is an effective and reliable solution that combines efficient filtration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. Standard systems are available for flow rates from 60m³/hr up to 6,000m³/hr. With its ability to be skid mounted, the system can be easily installed in existing ships where retrofits are required in crowded machinery spaces or in new ship construction.
The new Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS features a number of design and functional enhancements to allow expanded modes of one-touch operation. They include an advanced touch screen Operator Interface (OIT) and upgraded PLC controller with increased speed and memory capacity, as well as improved controls for tank stripping, gravity ballasting, internal transfer, emergency ballasting and maintenance.
Other improvements include the addition of UV reactor level and moisture sensors for increased safety, as well as relocation of the UV cooling valve to the top of the UV reactor chamber for improved air removal.
Hyde Marine president John Platz said: "As a technical leader in BWT, Hyde Marine remains on the forefront of innovation.
The addition of the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold to our suite of maritime solutions will help the growing numbers of ship owners and operators facing compliance deadlines to meet their BWT requirements, particularly for retrofits and those vessels with limited space."
The company recently announced it has delivered more than 200 Hyde GUARDIAN BWTS and commissioned more than 120 for operation on a variety of vessels around the world, based on sales of 280 units.