Briese Group, Germany provides custom marine transport solutions to a wide range of customers. Having selected Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 for roughly 100 vessels, they feel secure in Alfa Laval’s expertise and flexibility – which proved valuable during first installations at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You have the savings in the system itself, plus OPEX savings,” says Vikas Laul of VSL Marine Technology, the first company to engineer with the 1500 m3/h PureBallast 3 reactor. “And you have savings in installation, piping and associated electrical components.”
As of 28 October 2020, more stringent IMO rules apply to the type approval of ballast water treatment systems. In short, the IMO revised G8 guidelines put most ports off limits to new systems installed without an updated certificate.
Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 has received an updated type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The new certificate makes it possible for vessels to deballast in United States waters with a holding time of just 2.5 hours – which is only needed when crossing between Captain of the Port Zones.
WALLENIUS SOL is establishing an open cargo liner service for industries around the northern Baltic Sea. The company’s unique new LNG-fuelled Mega RoRo vessels – which will have ice class 1A Super – will use PureBallast 3 for ballast water treatment. In time, so will the rest of the fleet.
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) is one of many ship owners choosing UV ballast water treatment over electrochlorination for large ballast water flows. Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 will be installed on vessels throughout the KOTC fleet, including VLCCs with flows of 6000 m3/h each.
Having pioneered the application, Alfa Laval and PureBallast are the most established choices in ballast water treatment.
Alfa Laval has been involved with ballast water treatment for more than a decade. Besides developing treatment technology, we have provided biological and technical competence on key panels whose role is to develop standards and educate the market.
PureBallast, which was developed in cooperation with Wallenius Water, is a mature system that has long been at the forefront of ballast water treatment. The original system, launched in 2006, was the very first commercially available treatment solution.
More than 4,000 PureBallast systems have been sold to date, hundreds of which have already been delivered and commissioned. Hundreds of PureBallast systems have been installed as retrofits, and installations have been performed worldwide at a diverse range of shipyards.
Just as importantly, PureBallast been chosen for a diversity of vessel types: container ships, tankers, bulk carriers, offshore supply vessels, naval vessels and more.
Alfa Laval has received PureBallast orders for a wide range of vessel types, which have come from ship owners doing business all over the world.
Alfa Laval is a strong company with a strong dedication to marine customers and their needs – in ballast water treatment and beyond.
Alfa Laval is no newcomer to the marine industry, but rather a world-leading supplier with a full century of marine experience. PureBallast 3 was specifically developed for the demands of the marine environment, with the needs of marine customers firmly in mind.
Alfa Laval is present from start to finish. Advice, documentation, design assistance and thorough support during new installations, retrofits and commissioning are a clear part of our offering in ballast water treatment.
So is ongoing access to parts, services and expertise.
Alfa Laval service experts put uptime, optimization and availability in focus. Accessible 24/7, our service organization combines local presence in ports worldwide with a vast base of global experience. Through PureBallast Performance Agreements and other services, our experts extend performance and ensure cost-efficient peace of mind.
Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 is type approved by IMO according to the revised G8 guidelines and by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
All generations of Alfa Laval PureBallast, current and previous, have IMO type approval. Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 is type approved according the revised 2016 G8 guidelines, which apply to all systems installed after the entry into force on 28 October 2020. For PureBallast systems installed prior to 28 October 2020, previous type approvals remain valid and no upgrade is necessary.
Today’s Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 is certified for use in all water salinities: fresh, brackish and marine.
USCG type approval
The USCG type approval for PureBallast 3, which allows the discharge of ballast in United States waters, was issued in December 2016. Today’s PureBallast 3 is certified for use in all water salinities: fresh, brackish and marine. The type approval testing was performed using the CMFDA/FDA (staining) method and the same hardware, power consumption and flow as the IMO-approved version of the system.
Most systems of the previous generation, PureBallast 2, can also be upgraded for USCG type approval. In April 2020, USCG tests were completed using a PureBallast 2 system with a Boll & Kirsch filter and minor modifications. The solution was type approved in November 2020 and can operate in both seawater and brackish water.
Both standard and Ex versions of PureBallast have been certified by the major classification societies.
Now type approved by the China Classification Society, Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 is one of the first global ballast water treatment solutions available to Chinese-flagged vessels. “We will be proud to see PureBallast 3 systems sail under the Chinese flag,” says Peter Sahlén, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast.