New Requirements for Ballast Water Treatment Systems

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The new requirements are here for the Ballast Water Management Convention, taking effect September of 2017 with global enforcement by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a subsidiary group of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  The main goal of the new convention is to establish procedures and standards for the treatment of ships’ ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive marine organisms from one region to another.

Effective September 8, 2017, new terms of the Convention require all ships sailing through international waters to utilize an effective ballast water treatment system to eliminate the threat of aquatic organisms that may be present in their ballast water.    All ships will be required to have a ballast water treatment plan specific to their ship.  Regulations vary based on the age of the ship and ballast water capacity, although all required systems must be compliant to US Coast Guard Regulations.

LightSources Provides Effective Ballast Water Treatment Technology

The LightSources group is an industry leader in UV germicidal applications, manufacturing superior UV lamps and components used in air and water purification systems worldwide.  UV technology is proven extremely effective at eradicating microorganisms, even bacteria and viruses naked to the human eye.

UV treatment of ships’ ballast water is highly effective, better for the environment and cost effective with very little maintenance required.  With no need to purchase chemicals such as powerful chlorine a UV system can operate for extended hours with no maintenance and provides no volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the environment.

The LightSources group offers proven solutions with UV germicidal applications worldwide, with facilities in the United States, China and Europe our vast resources support quick turn-around time with high quality products.  Our Low Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps operate with an increased efficiency of 30-35% over other comparable lamps, and leave a small footprint which is convenient when operating in limited space.  Our proprietary LongLife™ technology utilized in our LP Amalgam lamps offers superior UV germicidal effectiveness at the most optimum wavelength of 254nm.

Our Medium Pressure (MPUV) germicidal lamps are also extremely effective with even smaller footprints that are desirable on smaller ships.

The LightSources Group is a leading UV Germicidal Lamp manufacturer, with lamps for virtually any UV sanitation application for water or air.  Contact us today to learn more about our solution for the new Ballast Water Treatment Convention regulations.


Get Compliant to New Ballast Water Treatment Convention

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With the new requirements of the Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) nearing this September, shipping companies are scrambling to becoming compliant.  The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is enforcing this global effort to keep our planet’s oceans safe and sustainable.  Ballast water contamination is recognized as one of the top 5 threats to the sustainability of our global ocean water, threatening our very survival.

Ballast Water is Global Threat to Oceans

Ballast water is used in ships for balance when sailing through the oceans, taking ocean water into their ballast for balance when sailing with a light load after releasing cargo.  The problem arises when this oceanic water, from around the globe, is released in another port, thus contaminating the marine life in a completely foreign oceanic ecosystem.

Invasion of foreign marine life has wreaked havoc in shipping ports around the world, where invaders are released with no natural predators in place to control them.  Mussels have attached to dams and bridges, shutting down vital water purification systems, jellyfish have multiplied to unsafe levels, and in some cases toxic algae has caused death to native marine life and threatened the health of human inhabitants as well.

UV Treatment Compliant and Effective

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is proven safe and effective for the treatment of ships ballast water, providing compliance to the new standards set forth in the BWTC.  UV germicidal lamps are effective and cost-efficient, requiring little maintenance and replacement costs, and no requirements for purchasing or storing chemicals.  UV ballast water treatment systems provide a small footprint, saving space on already tight quarters.

LightSources Provides High Performance UV Germicidal Lamps

UV treatment for ballast water is recognized as a powerful sterilization and purification method, eradicating harmful contaminants and organisms from water including bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms.  LightSources provides highly effective UV treatment with long lasting proprietary technology utilizing in our Low-Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps, and Medium Pressure UV (MPUV) lamps.

We have standard lamps or can customize a solution for your needs with our team of highly skilled design engineers and UV radiation experts.

Proven UV Technology Solutions to Ship Manufacturers

LightSources partners with the largest suppliers of ballast water treatment systems, providing proven solutions with cost-effective water treatment systems.  Our UVC germicidal lamps use the most effective amount of UV transmission, promoting maximum absorption and completely eradicating microbial organisms.

The LightSources Group represents the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our products are used world-wide in a multitude of applications and industries such as our UV air and water treatment systems, providing industries a way to sterilize and improve the quality of air and water without the need for toxic chemicals.  Contact us today to learn more about our UV water treatment solutions.