Bawat Water Technologies and Damen Green Solutions intensify their collaboration in the field of ballast water treatment systems with the signing of a Term Sheet to establish a joint venture. This will merge Damen’s InvaSave programme with Bawat technology, for the construction and marketing of mobile, containerised systems.

A ballast water treatment system (BWMS) avoids discharging untreated ballast water in seas and harbours to prevent the introduction of invasive marine species that threaten indigenous species.

Mobile ballast water management systems are an excellent solution for ships that do not have such a system on board. There are at least 20,000-25,000 vessels still needing to comply with international ballast water treatment legislation in the near future.

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No filters, no chemicals, no UV

Damen‘s InvaSave is the world’s first mobile ballast water treatment system. It is being deployed on several locations across the globe. Bawat brings its revolutionary pasteurisation technology, which also comes as a mobile ballast water treatment system to the collaboration. This approach uses heat to treat ballast water.

It is a simple, cost-effective, and sustainable method that builds on a zero environmental impact, using standard marine components. No filters, no chemicals, and no UV. And it is the first and only to market a USCG/IMO Type Approval BWMS that uses pasteurization to treat ballast water in a one-pass process.

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IMO deadline

Last year, the two companies signed a cooperation agreement whereby Damen Green Solutions, part of Damen Shipyards Group, took on the sale, assembly, and promotion of Bawat’s green ship-based ballast water management systems to Damen customers. The logical next step now is combining the two mobile solutions as one: “Damen InvaSave powered by Bawat Technology”.

‘We see that the mobile solutions for ballast water treatment have generated a lot of interest from ports and operators, primarily for two reasons,’ says Rutger van Dam, sales manager Damen Green Solutions. ‘First, we are approaching the deadline set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to implement a ballast water treatment system by September 2024. Secondly, many vessels currently have faulty systems on board that need to be replaced before the deadline. Bawat and Damen are ready to provide and offer the greenest high end mobile solution in the market to treat ballast water. With joining forces Damen and Bawat can offer a mobile solution, which is suited for all markets worldwide.’

Marcus Hummer, CEO at Bawat adds: ‘There is a growing interest in Bawat’s mobile ballast water treatment system from ports and harbours. This is in particular arising from a contingency need for ballast water treatment due to existing faulty onboard BWMS, but we are also seeing a business demand from planned ballast water treatment in ports typically for those with multiple vessels that don’t need to treat ballast water frequently.’

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