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IMO revised G8 – in force now

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 is ready

The time has come to meet updated rules

On 28 October 2020, the IMO revised G8 guidelines for type approving ballast water treatment systems went into effect. If you sail outside of United States waters, these guidelines affect your ability to trade. In short, they make the vast majority of the world’s ports inaccessible to new ballast water treatment systems installed without meeting IMO revised G8 requirements. Make sure you understand the implications.


What IMO revised G8 means

Learn about the importance of the IMO revised G8 guidelines from Viktor Friberg. As Head of Global Sales, Alfa Laval PureBallast, he’s had many discussions with customers about the new requirements and their implications. Here he discusses the necessity of an IMO revised G8 certificate, but also how Alfa Laval can help you select a ballast water treatment system that protects your trade opportunities. Our Compliance Navigator tool is a simple and transparent way to match a solution with your needs.


What is IMO revised G8?

The IMO G8 guidelines define the type approval process for ballast water treatment systems under IMO legislation. Originally defined in 2005, they underwent a critical revision in 2016. That revision enters into force on 28 October 2020.

Why were the IMO G8 guidelines revised?

The revised G8 guidelines, also referred to as the BWMS Code, are robust and more in line with today’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements. They were developed because some ballast water treatment systems approved according to the original G8 guidelines may fail to meet the IMO D-2 performance standard in practice.

The push for the revised G8 guidelines was driven partly by customer organizations like the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The intent was to make sure that investments in ballast water treatment will meet discharge requirements – instead of merely adding hardware.

 

Why do the IMO revised G8 guidelines matter for your business?

The deadline to comply with the IMO revised G8 guidelines has come. For vessels with international trade, the rules have important consequences when it comes to new ballast water treatment systems.

What the regulations say

The IMO legislation, which applies in over 90% of world ports, makes the following clear for ballast water treatment systems (BWTS):

  • BWTS installed on or after 28 October 2020 must to be type approved according to the IMO revised G8 requirements.
  • BWTS without IMO revised G8 type approval are not permitted for global use if installed after 28 October 2020.
  • For BWTS installed before 28 October 2020, the existing type approval remains valid.

What this means for you in practice

If you engage in international trade, you should select a ballast water treatment system with IMO revised G8 type approval for coming installations. Otherwise, you risk being unable to travel between most world ports until such approval is granted.

Unfortunately, not all suppliers have received updated certificates for their systems – in fact, many have not. The robustness of the IMO revised G8 procedures means type approval can take time, and success is not guaranteed. Even if your systems will be installed much later, a solution that already has IMO revised G8 type approval is the smartest choice.

If you have ballast water treatment systems that were installed prior to 28 October 2020, no action is required for them. Their existing type approvals continue to apply, without any need for upgrades or adjustments.

Why PureBallast 3 is ready for IMO revised G8

Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 was the very first ballast water treatment solution with IMO revised G8 approval. Providing compliance without limiting vessel operations has always been the focus for Alfa Laval, so it was a high priority to be ready before the IMO revised G8 implementation date.

Tests with marine, brackish and fresh water were completed under the new IMO G8 regime in Q3 2017. PureBallast 3 received its updated certificate in February 2018 – with no changes to its hardware or power consumption. It continues to provide the market-leading performance that Alfa Laval customers have long appreciated.

Read more about IMO revised G8 type approval for PureBallast 3

FAQ – PureBallast 3 and IMO revised G8

Here are answers to some to common questions regarding the type approval of PureBallast 3 according to the IMO revised G8 guidelines.

1. What tests were needed to type approve PureBallast 3 according to the IMO revised G8 requirements?

Two additional land-based tests of biological efficacy, performed without holding time, had to be conducted in each water salinity. The component environmental tests are more in line with the requirements of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). This means that the requirements are more stringent compared to the original 2008 G8 requirements.

2. Are there any hardware changes to PureBallast 3 as a result of the IMO revised G8 guidelines?

No new hardware has been added, but a conductivity sensor is integrated to the flow meter to determine which salinity the system is being operated in. For operation in fresh water, a flow control function has been included, which allows reduced flow in challenging waters in order to meet UVT limits.

3. Can a previously installed PureBallast 3 system be upgraded for compliance with the IMO revised G8 guidelines?

It is not necessary to upgrade. IMO has issued a resolution stating that vessels which have installed legacy systems should not be penalized.

4. Why does having IMO revised G8 type approval now matter for installations later?

Although the new rules entered into force on 28 October 2020, there are still ballast water treatment systems without IMO revised G8 type approval. Suppliers may say that a certificate is pending, but there is no guarantee of success in the more robust IMO revised G8 type approval procedure. If performance changes are needed to meet the new parameters, for example with regard to holding time, the system that is finally approved might no longer match a specific vessel’s needs and trade route. If nothing else, the process can take considerable time.

By choosing a system that has IMO revised G8 type approval today, you avoid the risk of a system that cannot be used when the time comes to install it.

Find out how IMO revised G8 affects your operation

With many years of experience, we can guide you to the right PureBallast 3 solution for your vessel. Contact us to secure compliance that gives you access to ports all over the world.

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