BAWAT secures IMO Type Approval

21 November 2019

BAWAT, the Danish manufacturer of a unique opex-neutral ballast water treatment system, has been granted IMO Type Approval for its technology that uses only a ship’s own waste heat to kill off invasive species.

Type Approval certification has been issued by Lloyd’s Register on behalf of the Danish Maritime Authority and makes the BAWAT system one of the first to be tested and issued with approval under the new toughened mandatory requirements of the IMO’s BWMS Code, officially known as the “Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems.”

BAWAT’s system design is unique in using a vessel’s own waste heat from the main engine or other heat sources to neutralize through pasteurization any organisms in the ballast water.

By using pasteurization the BAWAT system can be used to treat ballast water in all water conditions, regardless of salinity, turbidity and temperatures, and has no holding time restrictions.

The system is also unique as components such as the heat exchangers and pumps are all standard components.

The simplicity and effectiveness of the BAWAT system have impressed new investors who have backed BAWAT as it prepares to begin installing systems on both newbuilds and retrofits.