Chelsea Technologies Group is delighted to be one of the sponsors of the 4th Ballast Water Technology Conference taking place on 7th & 8th of May at ZSL, London Zoo, Regents Park. Chelsea’s Katie Davage will be presenting on the second day at 14.20. Her presentation entitled: ‘On board monitoring – how new technologies might assist with compliance’, will outline Chelsea’s portable and integrated solutions for monitoring the compliance of treated ballast water to the IMO D2 standard.
The programme for the 2 day event looks fabulous – Topics include:
• Ensuring consistency in regulations and law
• Implementing the convention and the US Regulations
• Preparing the crew
• Installation and operational experiences
• Testing and type approvals
• Compliance measures
“A key requirement for any installed treatment system is to provide analysis of the ballast water at the point of discharge to demonstrate correct treatment. We are currently working closely with both manufacturers of treatment systems and the certification authorities responsible for the formulation of testing criteria, to develop sensors capable of operating at the IMO D2 level of compliance,” said Katie Davage, Chelsea’s sales manager, “ensuring the discharged ballast water meets IMO standards is extremely important to remove the risk from the transfer of invasive species”.
The Chelsea FastBallast Compliance Monitor is one such system. Using the inherent high sensitivity of the monitor, the variable fluorescence from live viable phytoplankton cells in moving ballast water can be monitored to the levels required by both the IMO D2 and USCG discharge standards (10 to 50 um category). Developed by Chelsea Technologies Group and based on established fluorescence methods the Chelsea FastBallast Compliance Monitor has been specifically developed to detect viable phytoplankton at low concentrations, exactly the conditions encountered in ballast water. FastBallast interrogates the photosynthesis processes that only takes place within living phytoplankton cells and is thereby able determine the efficacy of the ballast water treatment process.
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