Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been approved as an independent laboratory and will begin testing ballast water treatment systems’ compliance with US requirements.
The United States Coast Guard regulations for the approval of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) came into effect in 2012. These initiated the roll-out of a requirement for the installation of improved BWTS on board seagoing vessels from 2014. All vessels that trade in US waters will be required to have an approved BWTS from the first dry-docking after 2016.
LR has signed a memorandum of understanding with the ballast water test facility at DHI Denmark and electro-technical testing company DELTA. These facilities, supported by LR’s surveyors and statutory experts, will conduct testing as part of a collectively recognised independent laboratory.
Flans Kemp, LR’s global business development leader for type approval, said, “For ballast water treatment systems equipment manufacturers, the challenge is in understanding the differences between the type-approval regimes and ensuring that their equipment has undergone all the necessary testing to obtain approval to meet the relevant regulations.
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“LR can help manufacturers understand the different regulatory regimes with differing requirements and streamline their testing and approval activities to minimise the time and cost involved in getting their technology to market.
“LR helps owners ensure their systems are tested and approved to the highest standards, to ensure they can meet the requirements of vessel operators trading worldwide,” he added.
For more information about LR’s BWTS approval services go to www.lr.org/typeapproval