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.