BIO-UV installs ballast water treatment system on CMA CGM's newbuild
BIO-UV Group has successfully installed its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system on CMA CGM's new 20,600 TEU containership Antoine De Saint Exupery built by Hanjin Heavy Industries' yard in the Philippines
23 September 2018 - 19:00
The company will also supply BIO-Sea units for nine 22,000 TEU CMA CGM vessels under construction in China, following the signing of a supply order earlier this year.
BIO-UV Group CEO Benoit Gillmann said: 'We anticipate a significant spike in ballast water retrofits over the next two to three years. Taking newbuilds and retrofits into account, the market is worth more than EUR7.5 billion (US$8.756 billion) and if BIO-SEA can account for just five per cent of this over the next six years or so, then we would be very happy indeed.'
BIO-SEA business director Xavier Deval added: 'We anticipate the market beginning to take shape in 2019 but the big boom is likely to be in the 2020-2021 period. It will inevitably be a last-minute rush, so owners really do need to plan ahead to account for any increase in lead times.'
The BIO-Sea system incorporates two technologies in a single, fully automated skid-mounted or modular unit. The system first cleans ballast water using a screen filter to reduce the amount of total suspended particles present in the seawater.
The second technology - the UV-based disinfection technology - treats the water and eliminates all microorganisms without the addition of chemicals or active substances. The water passes through a reactor where UV rays destroy the microorganisms' DNA.
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