When ships and cargo vessels take on ballast water in one port and release in another, natural ecosystems and fishing industries can be destroyed. Untreated ballast water contains marine organisms that are foreign to the ecosystems in which they are released and is known as one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of the world’s oceans. The Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) is enforced by the Marine Environmental Protection Committee, MEPC, a division of the International Maritime Organization, IMO.
The BWTC requires all ships traveling through international waters to maintain an approved ballast water treatment system. The United States Coast Guard enforces the proper treatment of ballast water and requires any ships taking on or releasing ballast water to meet USCG approval. Ballast water treatment technologies include ultraviolet (UV) lamp systems, filtration and chlorination.
UV Ballast Water Treatment Technology
UV germicidal lamps are used in ballast water treatment systems to emit a powerful UV radiation which is a known water sterilizer. UV lamps designed to emit UV radiation at a specific wavelength of 254 nm are proven to instantly destroy harmful viruses, bacteria and microorganisms. When water passes through a UV lamp water sterilization system, UV light instantly alters the DNA of these living organisms and renders them inactive and unable to replicate.
UV light is used in many water sterilization applications worldwide and is proven to eliminate harmful bacteria naked to the human eye as well as some bacteria that chlorine does not kill. UVC germicidal lamps deliver powerful UV radiation without the use of harmful chemicals or byproducts. Additional advantages of UV water treatment includes long lasting, germicidal effectiveness with little to no maintenance required.
LightSources Is a Leading Provider of UV Germicidal Lamps
The LightSources Group is a valuable supplier of UV germicidal lamps, offering proven ballast water treatment technology. We partner with OEMs large and small to provide the right type of lamps for your system with custom designed solutions available. Our UVC lamps are proven in water sterilization applications worldwide, providing proven effectiveness in a small footprint. Our UV germicidal lamps include:
- Low Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps
- Medium Pressure UV (MPUV) lamps
- Ozone producing UV germicidal lamps
The LightSources Group is recognized as a leading global supplier of high-tech UV lamps and lighting solutions with vast resources, decades of experience and knowledgeable lighting engineers. LightSources is certified to ISO9001:2015, maintains a strict quality policy and is dedicated to continual improvement through first to market, patented lighting solutions. Contact us to learn more about our UVC germicidal lamps and lighting solutions.