Ballast water is the water that is carried in the ballast tanks of ships for enhancing trim, stability, balance. This ballast water is either discharged or taken up at the time of loading or unloading of cargo, or in case the ships require greater stability in poor weather conditions. Although ballast water plays a crucial role in the ships, dealing with the issues related to ballast water has been a perennial challenge witnessed in the shipping industry.
The prevalence of marine species in the ballast water of ships has been a matter of concern for the shipping industry. This species are expected to pose an increasing threat to the marine ecosystem. These species have the potential to destabilize the marine ecosystem, owing to which the need for treating ballast water has been gaining greater significance. Ballast water treatment system is an equipment that is utilized for treating ballast water and is a part of the holistic ballast water management process.
Electro-chlorination or UV-based Ballast Water Treatment System?
Modern developments in the ballast water treatment system market illustrate the transformations in the market where ship owners are encountering different alternatives for ballast water treatment. The initial generation of ballast water treatment system exhibited electro-chlorination to be a more appropriate alternative for large flows compared to UV-based ballast water treatment system. Major ship owners, however, are shifting towards UV-based ballast water treatment system when it comes to safety and concerns pertaining to the use of chlorine. This scenario is expected to witness a major transformation with key players continuously working towards multiplying the capabilities of ballast water treatment system with the help of modern day cutting-edge technologies.
De Nora, a leading provider of electro-chlorination equipment, highlighted the benefits of electro-chlorination ballast water treatment system. According to company officials, the market has been witnessing major misconceptions related to the electro-chlorination process, regarding hydrogen, chlorine, and the configuration of the system. However, De Nora states that their Balpure ballast water treatment system are a safer alternative. The system produces biocide concentration that is little more in quantity than what is used for cleaning baby bottles. The system is equipped with a patented inline gas separator that ensures hydrogen treatment in liquid stream, while all the treatment components integrated to the system are within hazardous zone.
Revolutionary Technology Impacting Market
The stringent regulations pertaining to installing ballast water treatment system in ships has influenced the ballast water treatment system market effectively. Although the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention by International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been mandating the installation of ballast water treatment system in ships, this new and revolutionary technology is expected to bring new transformations to the ballast water treatment system market.
The unique BAWAT technology is expected to open new avenues for ship owners which could address the untreated ballast water challenge in a cost-effective, easy and reliable way. Although not completely new, BAWAT technology is in common terms, the heating of water or pasteurization, which itself makes it simpler and cost-efficient and eliminates the need for any UV treatment or use of chemicals. Furthermore, the technology promoting green innovation by heating the ballast water with a green source, the heat produced by the engine. The company further developed the portside contingency solutions where ship owners could plug-in and pass ballast water for treatment, through a containerized BAWAT system. Such a containerized mobile systems would bring major transformations to the ballast water treatment system market.
The ballast water treatment system market research report is an effective business tool to gain an extensive glance of the market. An outlook of detailed insights and potential market areas could be obtained here.