Effective Ballast Water Treatment Methods

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With the most recent regulations for the Ballast Water Treatment Convention taking effect last fall of 2017, all ships are required to have an approved ballast water treatment system on board their vessel.  When ships use ballast water while traveling through international waters, they take on ocean water in one port and release it in another. This transfer of ballast water is viewed as one of the largest threats to our planet’s oceans.

When ships release water from one port into a foreign port, aquamarine microorganisms including dangerous bacteria, viruses and foreign life forms often invade the new port with catastrophic results.  Invading species are free to take hold in new waters without their natural predators and will often replicate uncontrollably shutting down fishing ports and devastating entire towns. Once thriving fishing town are turned into ghost towns leaving the waters contaminated and the human population without a livelihood.  

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is a subsidiary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and enforces the new Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) which sets the standards for how ships treat their ballast water.  All ballast water treatment systems must have an approved treatment system on board that meets U.S. Coast Guard approval.

UVC Germicidal Lamps for U.S. Coast Guard Approved Treatment Systems

UVC germicidal lamps provide powerful water sterilization which meets U.S. Coast Guard Approval for the new Ballast Water Treatment Convention. Ultraviolet, specifically UVC, radiation is proven to quickly and effectively eradicate all viruses and bacteria in water sterilization applications.  UVC germicidal lamps are used worldwide to disinfect water, surfaces and air in sterilization systems.  UVC radiation emitted at 254 nm is most effective at eradicating all harmful contaminants immediately upon exposure, for fast sterilization in mere seconds.

LightSources is a leading global supplier of high performance UVC germicidal lamps which meet all sterilization requirements with long lasting effectiveness.  We offer a wide selection of standard lamps with custom designed solutions available in any shape, size or UVC output. We understand the technology behind the UVC radiation, offering the most effective solution for your application.

LightSources is recognized worldwide as a leading high-tech lamp manufacturer with vast expertise in UV technology.  We offer a wide selection of standard germicidal lamps with custom designed solutions available. Contact us today to learn more about our high performance UVC germicidal lamps.  

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Ballast Water Treatment Convention New Rules

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The new requirements for the Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) took effect last September of 2017, with the main goal of establishing procedures for how ships treat their ballast water.  The BWTC is enforced by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which is a subsidiary group of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Ballast water in ships has been determined to be one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of our world’s oceans.

When ships travel from one port to another and release ballast water from a completely different region, invasive marine organisms often spread to uncontrollable levels wreaking havoc on the fishing industry and even the health and livelihood of residents living in the area.  With new rules for the BWTC, all ships are to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved ballast water treatment system.

UV Germicidal Ballast Water Treatment System

Ultraviolet, UV, radiation is proven highly effective at eradicating harmful contaminants such as viruses, bacteria and microorganisms from water, air and surfaces.  The LightSources Group offers UVC germicidal lamps in various sizes and shapes to meet even compact design of smaller vessels. UV technology quickly and effectively eliminates the threat of aquatic viruses even naked to the human eye.

With UV ballast water treatment systems, UVC germicidal lamps eliminate the threat of spreading disease with no need for chemicals.  Purchasing, storing and disposing of chemicals used to treat water can result in further environmental contamination and requires additional costs, storage space and time to manage.  With long lasting UVC germicidal lamps, ballast water is treated effectively with little to no maintenance required.  

The LightSources Group Offers UVC Germicidal Lamps

The LightSources Group offers highly effective, proven UVC germicidal lamps for use in air, surface and water treatment systems.  We provide custom designed germicidal solutions with proprietary technology.  Our Low Pressure Amalgam lamps perform with improved efficiency of 30% to 35% when compared to similar lamps, with the benefit of a small footprint for ease of use in limited spaces.   We offer Medium Pressure UV germicidal lamps (MPUV) which also provide highly effective germicidal solutions in an even smaller footprint.

The LightSources Group is the leading expert on UV germicidal lamp solutions with vast resources and in-depth knowledge of UV radiation.  We offer germicidal solutions from skilled and experienced engineers, providing prototype solutions and custom designed lamps. Contact us to speak with an engineer about our highly effective, cost-efficient UVC germicidal lamp solutions.  

UV Solutions for Ballast Water Treatment Requirements

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The Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) is a worldwide agreement enforced by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).  The MEPC is a subsidiary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is enforcing new standards globally for the way that ships treat and manage their ballast water.  Effective on September 8, 2017, new regulations went into effect that require all ships traveling in international waters to provide adequate treatment systems for their ballast water.

Ships use water in the ballast of their ships for balance when traveling through the seas. They will pick up water in one port after leaving cargo, and release in another port when picking up cargo.  This transfer of ocean water from one area to another is wreaking havoc on marine life and the ecosystem in which foreign organisms are deposited into a port thousands of miles from their origination.  These invading marine organisms can thrive without their natural predators.  Invading jellyfish have shut down once thriving fishing ports, mussels have attached to structures and dams threating the health and safety of people on the shore.

Improper use and disposal of ballast water has been identified as one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of our planet’s oceans.

UV Treatment of Ballast Water Proven Safe and Effective

Ultraviolet (UV) technology is proven highly effective at sterilizing and purifying water, air and surfaces in a multitude of applications.  UV technology quickly eradicates threatening microorganisms and invasive species in water within seconds of exposure.  UV exposure eliminates these pollutants without the use of chemicals which provides the benefits of low maintenance as opposed to purchasing, storing and disposing of potentially harmful chemicals.

LightSources Provides Long Lasting UV Ballast Water Treatment Systems

LightSources is a leading supplier of UV water and air purification systems, offering patented products developed with proprietary technology resulting from extensive research and development.  Our Low-Pressure Amalgam Lamps provide effective water sterilization and require a small footprint.  Our Medium Pressure UV (MPUV) lamps are equally effective also with a small footprint.

The LightSources Group is recognized as a leading global supplier of UV germicidal lamps for air, water and surface sterilization solutions.  We are the leading high-tech lamp developer offering first to market, innovative lighting solutions.  Contact us today to learn more about our highly effective and cost-efficient UV germicidal lamps.

UV Technology Provides Effective Ballast Water Treatment

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New requirements under the Ballast Water Treatment Convention took place last September of 2017 with all ships required to have effective treatment systems on board.  When ships are transporting freight through international waters, they must use ballast water to balance their vessel by picking up water in one port when low on freight and discharging in another port when picking up freight.  This use of ballast water has been identified as one of the greatest threats to the world’s oceans.

When ships pick up sea water they also pick up all the ocean life with it which includes microorganisms, viruses and bacteria.  The problem occurs when this water is released into a new, foreign environment which may not be prepared to control the new invading species.  Cases of invading mussels have practically shut down dams and ports when multiplying and attaching themselves to structures, invading jellyfish have all but destroyed fishing industries making ghost towns out of once thriving fishing ports. 

Due to these very real threats which jeopardize the sustainability of the planet’s oceans, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) which is a subsidiary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) began enforcing new standards for ships’ treatment of ballast water which must meet U.S. Coast Guard approval.

UV Germicidal Lamps Provide Effective Ballast Water Treatment

Ultraviolet (UV) light technology is proven to be highly effective at sterilizing water, air and surfaces.  With just seconds of exposure to UV radiation at the optimum wavelength of 254 nanometer (nm), viruses and bacteria are instantly eliminated.  UV germicidal lamps provide effective ballast water treatment methods which are completely safe for human exposure.  UV ballast water treatment provides effective results with U.S. Coast Guard approved methods, are safer than chemical treatment methods as there is no release of chemicals back into the water as with chemical treatment systems.

LightSources Offers UV Lamps for Ballast Water Treatment

LightSources offers UVC germicidal lamps which safely and effective treat ballast water in ships, meeting U.S. Coast Guard approval.  UV treatment of ballast water is safe, effective, and cost-efficient with low maintenance.  Long-lasting UV germicidal lamps from LightSources add value to any germicidal application with high performance and long life.

LightSources is recognized as a leading high-tech lamp manufacturer with in-depth expertise in UV technology.  Contact us today to learn more about our high performing, long lasting and cost-efficient UV germicidal lamps. 

Is Your Ballast Water Treatment System USCG Approved?

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With the new Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) taking effect September of 2017, all ships traveling through international waters must have a ballast water treatment system on board that meets US Coast Guard Approval.  The main goal of the BWTC is to establish standards for treating ships’ ballast water, addressing a growing concern which is one of the greatest threats to the world’s oceans.

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) enforces the BWTC, which is a subsidiary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  When ships drop cargo and pick up ballast water in one port, then sail across the ocean and drop their ballast water in a foreign port, foreign invading aquatic organisms take hold with sometimes catastrophic consequences. These aquatic lifeforms may have had natural predators to keep balance within their natural ecosystem, but multiply uncontrollably in a new environment.

When lifeforms such as jellyfish, clams, crabs, mussels and various viruses and bacteria naked to the human eye are released into a foreign environment, they threaten the health and well-being of the marine life, and also the people that live in these areas. For example, invading mussels have attached themselves to power plants and dams, proving nearly impossible to eradicate and posing a great risk to the people inland.  Jellyfish have taken over fishing ports destroying the industry and livelihood of entire towns.

The new terms of the Ballast Water Treatment Convention address what is recognized as one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of our planet’s oceans.

LightSources Offers Proven Solutions for Ballast Water Treatment Systems

The LightSources Group offers solutions for Ballast Water Treatment Systems, providing UVC germicidal lamps and components proven extremely effective at purifying and sterilizing water and surfaces, eliminating harmful contaminants. UV radiation is successful at eradicating bacteria and viruses naked to the human eye, eliminating the risk of contamination and infestation of harmful microorganisms.

We are dedicated to continual improvement through research and development, bringing innovative lighting solutions to market which offer longer-lasting high-performance with energy-saving features. We offer Low Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps which operate with 30 to 35% more efficiency than comparable lamps, with a compact footprint convenient in tight spaces.

Our proprietary technology, LongLife™, provides superior germicidal effectiveness at the optimal 254 nanometer (nm) wavelength. The LightSources group also provides a Medium Pressure (MPUV) germicidal lamp with an even smaller footprint ideal on smaller vessels.

The LightSources Group is a leading global lamp designer and manufacturer, providing effective UV sanitation to air and water applications. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable engineer and to learn more about our proven solutions for ballast water treatment systems that meet US Coast Guard approval.

 

Ballast Water Treatment Methods to Meet New Regulations

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The new Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) went into full effect on September 8, 2017, requiring all ships to have an approved method of ballast water treatment on board their ship.  Ballast water is used to balance the ship as sea water is brought in when cargo is low, or removed when cargo is heavy.  When seawater is picked up in one port is discharged into another port in another country or marine environment, the microorganisms wreak havoc in the new water region, acting as foreign invaders.  Invasive species newly introduced to a region upsets the eco-system and can create insurmountable problems.

All ships including cargo ships, tankers and cruise ships were required to comply by September 8, 2017, under the requirements of the new BWTC.

Ballast Water Treatment Methods with U.S. Coast Guard Approval

Ships must be equipped with an on-board ballast water treatment method to meet these new requirements.  While there are a few different methods for sterilizing water, one stands out as superior to the others.  Some treatment methods may work, but come with added consequences that are not always desirable.

Three main approaches are taken to treat ballast water; mechanical, chemical or physical.  Mechanical methods include filtration and separation; chemical methods use chlorination or biocides, while physical methods include electrical currents, ozone and UV radiation.

Of these three main methods, UV radiation offers the most benefits with effective treatment, low-cost, low-maintenance and is completely safe.

UV Technology for Ballast Water Treatment

UV technology is used to sterilize and treat water in many applications such as waste water treatment plants.  UV water sterilization is proven effective at removing threatening invasive species, with low costs as there is no requirement to purchase chemicals, low maintenance with the right type of long lasting UV lamps, and is completely safe.

Chemical treatments, on the other hand, require the purchase and storage of these chemicals, and then there is the fact that these chemicals are also released into the ocean which could pollute the water, the very thing the BWTC is aiming to put a stop to.

LightSources Produces High Performing, Long Lasting UV Lamps for Ballast Water Treatment Systems

LightSources is a leading global manufacturer of UV lamps and lighting solutions, offering our patented Low-Pressure Amalgam Lamp technology for effective sterilization with a small footprint.  We also produce Medium-Pressure UV (MPUV) lamps which are just as effective also with a small footprint.

To learn more about the Ballast Water Treatment Convention regulations, enforced by the IMO (International Maritime Organization), visit Globallast.imo.org, an organization that is dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the harmful effects to our world’s oceans through contaminated ballast water.

LightSources and our valued partner companies are recognized for producing superior lamps and lighting solutions, providing high-tech solutions with innovation products.  Contact us today to learn more about our highly effective and low costs UV lamps for ballast water treatment systems.  

UV Light Provides Effective Ballast Water Treatment

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New international regulations for the treatment of ships ballast water took effect on September 8, 2017, enforced by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).   The new regulations require that all ships traveling in international waters have an effective treatment method on board to purify the ballast water they carry in their vessel.

This is important as the spread of disease and foreign invasive species is recognized as one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of our planet’s oceans.  Untreated ballast water has wreaked havoc on shipping ports and all but ruined the economy of those dependent upon the marine life.

LightSources Provides Effective UV Ballast Water Treatment Systems

LightSources is a leading global supplier of UV germicidal lamps with vast resources to meet the demands of the International Maritime Organization’s ballast water treatment requirements.   UVC germicidal lamps prevent the spread of viruses, harmful bacteria and microorganisms that can spread disease in the ballast water of ships.   UV ballast water treatment systems are compliant to the recent Ballast Water Treatment Convention, and U.S. Coast Guard approved.  UV treatment systems use no harmful chemicals that can further contaminate water, are easy to maintain and cost effective.  UVC germicidal lamps are proven to completely eradicate harmful bacteria, viruses and organisms preventing the spread of disease and toxic marine life.  LightSources employs skilled designers and engineers with in-depth knowledge of the effectiveness of UV radiation, giving you confidence that your system will perform as required.

The LightSources group offers several standard sizes of UV treatment lamps or we can custom design a system specific to your needs.  Our patented amalgam lamp technology provides more intensity with a smaller footprint, and longer lasting life for ongoing compliance with little maintenance.

LightSources and our affiliated companies comprise the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  We offer standard lamps and components as well as customized products providing high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs.  Contact us today to speak to one of our expert engineers for assistance with planning and designing your approved system using the most effective ballast water treatment technologies. 

Ultraviolet Light Technology Used in Many Applications

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Ultraviolet light technology is utilized in a vast array of applications, providing solutions to many industrial, commercial and government applications worldwide.  UV technology enhances a multitude of processes with cost efficient solutions, including:

UVC Germicidal Processes– Ultraviolet light delivered in short wavelengths provides powerful sterilization characteristics, killing viruses, bacteria and microorganisms seconds upon contact.  UVC technology is used around the globe in water purification processes such as wastewater treatment plants of local municipalities and in the shipping trades providing disinfection of ballast water treatment systems in ships traveling in international waters.

UVC technology provides effective sterilization in air and food purification systems, utilized in public areas, restaurants and grocery stores.

Medical Applications – UV technology is effective for improving the health of those in public buildings, hospitals and doctor offices with powerful air purification systems.  UVC germicidal lamps are also used by manufacturers of sterile supplies to produce products free from contaminants.

Tanning industry – High quality UV lamps are the key to success of any tanning salon owner, as quality results from tanning beds is entirely dependent upon high quality UV lamps.  Tanning salon professionals gain from learning about the technology available for long lasting, high performing and cost effective tanning lamp solutions.

Phototherapy – UV Technology is proven to provide effective phototherapy to patients with skin disorders such as psoriasis, and to elevate the mood in those coping with seasonal affective disorders.

UV Curing – UV Curing is a valuable technology utilized by OEMs worldwide to instantly dry adhesives, coatings and inks to various substrates within seconds of exposure, as compared to minutes with air drying which allows for contamination and evaporation.  UV Curing provides a clean, fast and effective secondary process utilized in a multitude of industries including:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Screen Printing
  • Marketing
  • Plastic and Glassware
  • Many other applications requiring fast bonding, adhesion or drying of specialty inks and coatings

UV curing is proven cost effective in a multitude of industrial and commercial processes worldwide, increasing output, quality and profitability.

For more information on the vast uses of Ultraviolet technology, contact the lighting specialists at The LightSources Group.  We are global leaders of designing and manufacturing UV lighting solutions with standard or customizable lighting solutions.

LightSources and our affiliated companies represent the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  Our team consists of the most highly skilled professionals that specialize in a range of innovative solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our broad range of standard and custom lighting solutions.

Ballast Water Treatment Methods for Total Compliance

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The new Ballast Water Treatment Convention has been in full force since September of 2017, and if you are looking for suppliers to help you with compliant treatment systems you need to contact the LightSources group.  New requirements are being enforced by the Marine Enforcement Protection Committee (MEPC), a division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  This is part of a global effort by the United Nations to protect the world’s oceans and sustainability.

Hazards of Ballast Water in Ships

When ships use ballast water for balance during international trips, they will pick up water in one region after unloading cargo to aid in balance while sailing through the water.  When landing in another port in a different country, the ballast water is released into a foreign environment and wreaks havoc on the marine life and ecosystem.  In some cases, contaminated ballast water has wiped out entire fishing communities with invasive foreign species like poisonous jellyfish or multiplying mussels taking over the new environment.   These invasive species typically have natural predators in their home environment, but when deposited into new environments without predators they multiply and take over.

UV Treatment of Ballast Water Proven Safe and Effective

Ultraviolet (UV) technology is proven to be safe and extremely effective in eradiating all harmful contaminants in the ballast water of ships and is used worldwide in ballast water treatment systems.  UV technology meets the new requirements enforced by the MEPC and meets all US Coast Guard regulations.   UV germicidal lamps provide safe and effective methods for treating water, without the use of chemicals which can pose a health hazard, corrode equipment and may still require dichlorination to protect against harmful effects of the chlorine.

LightSources is a leader in specialty UV germicidal lamps, used in sterilization and purification systems of air and water in a multitude of applications worldwide.  With powerful germ-killing technology, UV radiation emitted at 254 nanometer (nm), is proven to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and marine life in ballast water treatment systems.

Our experienced engineers understand the technology behind the systems, and will custom design a UV germicidal application just for your system, meeting all regulations for effective ballast water treatment.

LightSources and its affiliated companies – LCD Lighting, Voltarc, LightTech, and Cerlux represent 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 ballast water treatment systems, meeting all US Coast Guard requirements. 

Get Compliant to the Ballast Water Treatment Convention

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The new Ballast Water Treatment Convention recently took effect on September 8, 2017 updating regulatory requirements enforced by the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC), a division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).   The new regulations aim to control the spread of aquatic invasive species from one region to another in the ballast water of international ships, which has wreaked havoc on many ecosystems around the world.

With new global regulations enforced just last month, shipping companies are expected to have an effective ballast water treatment system as the spread of harmful organisms in ships’ ballast water is proven to be one of the largest threats to the sustainability of our Planet’s oceans.

The LightSources group recognizes the importance of ballast water clear from disease and harmful organisms, and has developed highly effective and cost-efficient ultraviolet ballast water treatment systems meeting US Coast Guard approval.   With our global partners, the LightSources group has presence on three continents making us well positioned as a key global supplier of industrial UV germicidal water treatment systems.

Advantages of UV Ballast Water Treatment Systems

UV ballast water treatment systems provide many advantages over alternative methods, such as chemical treatment of water.  With UV germicidal lamps, eradicating harmful organisms requires no harsh chemicals such as chlorine treatment systems that can often require a second treatment to remove harmful residue.  There is no need to store an inventory of harmful chemicals and disperse them into the very water we are aiming to protect.

UV germicidal lamps are proven highly effective with very low maintenance, especially UV germicidal lamps from the LightSources group.  We utilize proprietary technology to develop our patented products offering a wide variety of UV germicidal lamps, adaptable to virtually any UV germicidal ballast water treatment system.

LightSources and our affiliated companies comprise the leading high-tech designers and manufacturers in the lamp industry today.  We offer standard lamps and components as well as customized products providing high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs.  Contact us today to speak to one of our expert engineers for assistance with developing and designing your approved ballast water treatment system.