Crowley Maritime Corporation has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Panasia, a South Korean-based provider of green technology, to install ballast water treatment systems during retrofitting of its vessels.
Under terms of the agreement, Panasia will provide a GloEn-Patrol treatment system and related technical services that includes engineering, integration, and commissioning, training, scheduled delivery and spare parts.
Designed to treat from 50 to 6,000m³ of ballast water per hour, the modular ballast water management system is equipped with a filter that removes 50 micron or larger size organisms and a medium-pressure UV lamp to disinfect smaller organisms.
GloEn-Patrol solution is approved by the International Maritime organisation (IMO) and has been certified by classification societies including American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), DNV GL, and US Coast Guard Alternate Management Systems (USCG AMS) for installation in areas such as the main decks of articulated tug barges (ATBs) and tankers.
Crowley vice-president of strategic engineering Bill Metcalf said: "We found Panasia ballast water treatment systems to be a good operational and functional fit for our vessels, backed with a level of commitment and service we require."
"Panasia and their management team is fully committed to our vessels’ safety and environmental performance of our ballast water systems, and we are pleased to have them as our partner."
On completing the required tasks for Panasia to secure USCG type approval, DNV GL will provide their report by October, 2016.
Crowley has signed DHI Group for shipboard tests and Golden Bear Facilities to work on the land-based tests to comply with the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program.
Image: A Crowley vessel carrying passengers. Photo: Crowley