On Thursday 27 December, an InvaSave 300 Mobile Ballast Water Treatment System was transported from Damen Green Solution’s premises in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be used for a demonstration programme as part of the “Atlantic Blue Port Services” project, made possible by the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Upon arriving in the port of Las Palmas, the unit will be connected to a vessel’s ballast water manifold to take on the no-longer-needed water and treat it to the strict D2-standard as prescribed by the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention. The special part is that the InvaSave is the world’s only land-based ballast water management system that is actually IMO-certified to carry out such a job in a single treatment step, without any holding times or use of chemicals.
This demonstration is part of the Atlantic Blue Port Services’ second Stakeholder Workshop session. Several interesting presentations are planned besides the demonstration, coming from industry, the Port Authority of the Port of Las Palmas as well as from the Las Palmas University. The programme itself, cooperation between close to 30 project partners from Spain, Portugal, France, the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, intends to promote and develop the feasibility of, and best practices for, port reception and treatment facilities. The aim is to drastically reduce oil and polluted ballast water discharge at sea. The planned InvaSave demonstrations are an important part of this goal.
Damen Green Solutions Sales Manager Philip Rabe said, “We are delighted to contribute to this important project. The importance of adequate port reception facilities to a cleaner maritime industry is crystal clear and the InvaSave can make important contributions in this regard.”