Ballast water treatment technology description
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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Marine Environment Protection Committee - Resolution MEPC.140(54) – Guidelines for Approval and Oversight of Prototype Ballast Water Treatment Technology Programmes (G10) – (Adopted on 24 March 2006) - Annex – Guidelines for Approval and Oversight of Prototype Ballast Water Treatment Technology Programmes (G10) - 3 Programme Application Requirements - Ballast water treatment technology description

Ballast water treatment technology description

  3.7 The Programme Application should include information regarding design, construction, operation and functioning of the proposed ballast water treatment technology. The information should also include any foreseen conditions limiting its application with respect to voyage duration, ship type, capacity (flow rate and/or volume) or any other such condition if relevant.

  3.8 The Programme Application should contain documentation on the potential of the prototype technologies meeting or exceeding the performance standard in regulation D-2. Recognized scientific and statistical practices should have been utilized in the preparation of this documentation.

  3.9 The construction, operation and maintenance of the technology should be adequately described to allow for consideration by the Administration and this should include:

  • .1 The prototype ballast water treatment technology should have a configuration and construction suitable for shipboard installation and normal onboard operation;

  • .2 Design, construction and material should be suitable for the purpose for which the equipment is intended, the working conditions to which it should be subjected and the environmental conditions onboard. This should include considerations of:

    • .1 vibration – to ensure that there are no potential resonance occurring;

    • .2 temperature – to assure safe and proper operations and performance of the technology over a range of temperatures applicable for shipboard installations;

    • .3 humidity – to ensure the suitability of equipment exposed to humidity/water as applicable to shipboard installations;

    • .4 power fluctuation – to ensure proper functioning over a voltage/frequency variation; and

    • .5 inclination – to assure that the technology should operate during those scenarios it is intended for, taking into account the motion of the vessel and that it should remain safe and not represent any danger to crew or ship onboard during inclination.

  • .3 Routine maintenance of the prototype ballast water treatment technology and trouble-shooting procedures should be clearly described by the manufacturer in a operating and maintenance manual.

  • .4 The prototype ballast water treatment technology should be provided with simple and effective means for its operation and control.

  • .5 In case of a failure compromising the proper operation of the prototype ballast water treatment technology, audible and visual alarm signals are to be activated at all stations from where ballast water operations may be controlled.

  • .6 The prototype ballast water treatment technology programme should provide for record keeping of the entire ballast water operations including:

    • .1 record of operations and any malfunctioning during operations;

    • .2 record of all essential parameters necessary to ensure proper functioning;

    • .3 date and time of start and end of the ballast operation; and

    • .4 ballast operation mode (loading, discharge, transfer).

  • .7 The prototype ballast water treatment technology should allow for sampling such that representative samples of the ship’s ballast water can be collected as described in the experimental design as described in the Programme Application.

  3.10 The Programme Application should include descriptions of the working principles, use if any Active Substances, operational conditions and application feasibility of the prototype ballast water treatment technology.

  3.11 The Programme Application should include an assessment of the potential effects upon other personnel, shipboard systems and structure, highlighting any special safety provisions that maybe necessary due to the characteristics of the installation and/or operation of the prototype ballast water treatment technology.


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