Make Sure Your Ballast Water Treatment System is USCG Approved

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The Ballast Water Treatment Convention is what governs the responsibility of the shipping industry, specifically how ships traveling through international waters treat their ballast water. The Ballast Water Treatment Convention (BWTC) established new standards effective September 2017 to address this issue which is considered one of the greatest threats to our planet’s oceans. The BWTC is enforced by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a subsidiary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

According to the most recent BWTC, all ships must be equipped with an effective ballast water treatment system that is approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

The Threat of Ships’ Ballast Water

When ships sail through international waters they hold ocean water in their ballast for balance depending on the weight of their cargo.  When delivering cargo in a foreign port, they will take on ballast water to compensate for the loss of weight and provide balance when sailing to their next destination.  When picking up cargo in one port, they may release their ballast water to allow for the additional weight.

By releasing oceanic water into a foreign port, the ships’ ballast water also releases aquatic organisms which invade the foreign port, often with catastrophic consequences. Lifeforms such as mussels, clams, jellyfish, crabs, and many microorganisms including viruses and bacteria which are naked to the human eye invade foreign waters without the safeguard of their natural predators from their home environment. This allows the invading species to multiply, jeopardizing the health and wellness of fish and aquatic lifeforms and even threatens the health of human life inland.

Invading foreign mussels have nearly shut down dams and power plants when allowed to multiply uncontrollably, causing a great risk to the people living in these areas. Jellyfish have been known to destroy fishing industries when invading foreign ports and without their natural predators can be nearly impossible to eradicate.

There is no question that the terms of the new BWTC are established to protect the environment, the sustainability of our world’s oceans and the people that live near these ports that depend upon the fishing industry for their livelihood.

LightSources Provides Ballast Water Treatment Systems with USCG Approval

The LightSources Group consists of the leading high-tech designers of fluorescent and UV lamps designed to harness powerful UVC radiation which quickly and effectively purifies and sterilizes water, air and surfaces.  Our UVC germicidal lamps are utilized and water purification systems around the globe, providing clean and safe drinking water and improving the environment with healthy, clean and sterilized water. UVC radiation successfully eradicates viruses and bacteria eliminating the risk of foreign invading species taking hold in a new port.

LightSources is dedicated to bringing innovative lamps and lighting solutions to the UVC germicidal industry, with patented products and proprietary technology based on continual research and development. Our Low Pressure (LP) Amalgam lamps provide a compact footprint which is convenient in the tight spaces of the ships ballast area and provides 30 to 35% increased efficiency over comparable lamps. Our Medium Pressure (MPUV) germicidal lamps provide an even more compact footprint which is ideal on smaller ships. We utilize proprietary LongLife™ technology designed for optimum germicidal effectiveness with the most effective wavelength at 254 nanometer (nm).

The LightSources Group is recognized as a leading global supplier of UVC germicidal solutions, improving air and water quality around the globe.  Contact us today to speak with an experienced lighting engineer regarding our superior UVC germicidal lamps for ballast water treatment systems.

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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. 

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.

Gain Increased Market with Proprietary Lighting Solutions

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Gain increased market share and raise your brand awareness with patented and proprietary lighting solutions offered by the LightSources group.  We partner with our clients to help them design and patent technology unique to their process, with corporate logo and custom ceramic bases and sockets.  Our valued partner, Cerlux, provides custom designed ceramic bases in any color with matching sockets and end fittings to increase your brand awareness.

LightSources offers proprietary lighting solutions in our tanning lamps, specialty fluorescent and UV germicidal lamps.  This capability of the LightSources group to offer proprietary lighting solutions brings substantial value to many of our customers.

Advantages of Proprietary Lighting Solutions

There are many advantages to developing your own proprietary products, and LightSources can show you how to get through the process with ease.  We are experienced with the US Patent and Trademark procedures, and can help most companies from start to finish in just a couple of months.

Gain more market share and a competitive edge with the following proven advantages of proprietary UV lighting solutions:

  • Custom logo or decal can be applied, or specialized etching into the lamp glass
  • Custom colors are available to match your logo adding to brand awareness
  • Providing your own distinguishable products with identifiable sockets, bases, end caps and pin configurations
  • Increased revenue with new and continued sales

Stand out from your competitors with uniquely branded corporate logos.  Let us show you how easy it is to promote your own proprietary products in your UV germicidal, specialty fluorescent or tanning lamp lighting solutions.

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 standard lamps and components as well as customized products offer high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs.  We invite you to contact us to learn more about our wide selection of lamps, and proprietary lighting solutions.

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.

Expert Lighting Solutions with Custom Sockets and Bases

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LightSources and its affiliated companies consists of the world’s leading experts in lamp design, manufacturing, assembly, and research and development leading to new and innovative lighting solutions for any lighting application.   Our partners are located worldwide, offering standard or custom lighting solutions including specialty ceramic bases and sockets.

With our vast capabilities, we provide the best in UV, fluorescent technology, neon signs, mini-fluorescent lights used in avionic display and backlighting, and advanced ultraviolet (UV) technology used in curing inks and coatings and purification of water and air.

Wide Network of Global Industry Leaders in Lighting Solutions

Our partner companies consist of the most advanced lighting and lamp industry leaders in the United States, Europe and China, and offer the most effective and cost-efficient solutions no matter the size or type of lamp required.

We can offer standard lamps in T2 to T10, fluorescent lamps in all sizes including specialty miniature lighting, neon signs with tubing in various lengths, widths and shapes, and customized UV germicidal lamps for critical purification and sterilization applications. LightSources produces proprietary lamps in low pressure UV, high pressure UV, and specialty amalgam lamps for several UVC germicidal purposes.

Providing custom bases and sockets for your application is critical to performance, and may be challenging without the proper resources for custom fittings.

High Quality Custom Ceramic Bases and Sockets from Cerlux

With our team of full service lighting solution experts, our capabilities include custom ceramic bases from Cerlux.  Cerlux is a leading expert on handcrafted custom solutions, matching custom ceramic sockets to your specialty designed lamps.

The LightSources group provides full in-house testing and inspection of all assembled products, ensuring optimum performance and high quality.  Cerlux provides a variety of bases in any color or size, and can custom match colors to your specification.

Cerlux practices the same strict quality policy endorsed by the LightSources group, providing superior and high-performing products with continual improvement in function and design.  Total customer satisfaction is the key to our success, with standard and custom solutions delivered in the most cost-efficient system.

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 standard lamps and components as well as customized products offer high-quality solutions to meet our partner’s unique needs.  We invite you to contact us to learn more about our wide selection of lamps.

Ultraviolet (UV) Power Effective for Water Purification

 

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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a powerful catalyst for many important germicidal functions, eradicating bacteria, viruses and fungi from air and water.  UV water treatment is used for many purposes, protecting aqua life and the human inhabitants of cities and towns.  UV water treatment is gaining popularity as the UV germicidal effectiveness is gaining awareness in many industries, including drinking water, aquaculture, shipping industry, water reclamation, and waste water.

Water for Consumption

UVC germicidal technology is extremely effective at eradicating bacteria and parasites that cause illness, ensuring safety for human consumption in public water systems.  Treating drinking water with UV germicidal technology is advantageous over other methods such as chemical use by eliminating harmful pathogens without hazardous residue.

UV treatment systems provide effective results with very low-maintenance.  LightSources provides long lasting high-performance UV lamps for no hassle long life performance.

Aqua Culture

The health and well-being of marine life is vital to the continual sustainability of our planet’s oceans.  UV disinfection of fish farms and hatcheries promotes a successful endeavor of maintaining our natural fish and wildlife.  UV water treatment systems are used in aquariums, hatcheries and water preserves.

UV Water Treatment in Ships Ballast Water

With global trade continuing to increase, the United Nations recognized a need for an update to the Ballast Water Convention, which regulates ships ballast water in international waters.  Contaminated ballast water is seen as one of the greatest threats to the world’s oceans.

UV treatment in ships’ ballast water treatment systems provides effective germicidal treatment eliminating harmful marine organisms that may invade foreign waters.  LightSources provides standard and customized UV germicidal lamps for ballast water treatment systems, adhering to United States Coast Guard and the Ballast Water Convention guidelines.

Water Reclamation and Wastewater Treatment

UV germicidal treatment cleans wastewater from human use, eliminating pollutants before entering natural water sources.  UV wastewater treatment systems are effectively utilized in community systems such as well water, rural water in villages and towns, cities, ranches and farms.

UV water purification provides an effective and cost-efficient germicidal application, with no harmful chemical residue and minimal maintenance.

LightSources and our affiliated companies 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 germicidal lamps that offer patent-protected, OEM-oriented solutions.  Please contact us to learn more about our large selection of specialty custom and standard lamps.