Hyde Marine Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC), announced today it has established a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Singapore-based Keppel Shipyard and SEAQUEST Marine Systems for the installation of the chemical free Hyde GUARDIAN Gold™ Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in international markets.

Under the MoU, Keppel Shipyard will be able to carry out retrofit installations of Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS at its Singapore shipyard. Such a partnership will position Hyde Marine for the anticipated increase in the Asian retrofit market after the maritime industry is required to comply with international ballast water treatment regulations.

Hyde Marine president John Platz said: "Keppel Shipyard’s marine expertise enables Hyde Marine to expand its commitment and focus on providing shipowners with one of the maritime industry’s leading ballast water treatment technologies.

"Keppel Shipyard, through our agent, SEAQUEST Marine Systems, will help us enhance our ability to install Hyde GUARDIAN Gold Ballast Water Treatment Systems promptly and safely, particularly for retrofit applications and in response to the growing number of shipowners seeking compliance with future regulations."

The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS uses efficient filtration to treat ships’ ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port. The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS is ideal for retrofits as it provides the compact size required by a growing number of shipowners and operators, while maintaining the robust construction and technological specifications necessary to meet stringent BWT regulations.

In 2004, the IMO adopted the International Convention for the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments (BWMC), which requires ships to conduct a ballast water exchange or to meet concentration-based ballast water discharge standards at ports with ballast tanks 99.99% free of living organisms and pathogens.

Keppel Shipyard is the trusted industry name for the repair, conversion and upgrading of a diverse range of vessels. In 2013, it was the first shipyard to undertake a BWTS retrofit project for a very large crude carrier (VLCC) in Singapore. Given its track record in taking on and completing complex projects, the shipyard is well-positioned to provide solutions in BWTS installation for customers and partners worldwide when the convention (BWMC) comes into effect.