France’s CMA CGM – the world’s third-largest container shipping company – has ordered 17 Bio-Sea ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) from Bio-UV Group.
Nine LNG-fuelled 22,000 TEU leviathans currently under construction at China’s CSTC Shipyard will be fitted with two BIO-SEA B 10-1500 FX units, while eight 9,000 TEU capacity Opera-class vessels will be retrofitted with a BIO-SEA B 10-1000 FX unit. The transaction is the first BWTS retrofit contract for an entire ship class.
The deal, which is valued at more than €5m, is Bio-UV’s first Bio-Sea order following the system’s US Coast Guard (USCG) type-approval, awarded on 21 June 2018.
Bio-Sea features a two stage treatment process, with ballast water entering a 20µm filter to flush out any suspended solids and zooplankton. The filtered water then enters a titanium reactor to be put through the ultraviolet disinfection process.
“The order substantiates our view that Bio-Sea is one of the best ultraviolet treatment systems available,” says Xavier Deval, business director, Bio-UV Group. “It is suitable for all waters of the world in which these CMA CGM vessels will operate, and is one of the very few ballast water treatment systems that is currently compliant with both USCG and IMO requirements.”