The BallastAce system developed by JFE Engineering Corporation has been installed aboard the newly constructed Federal Biscay bulk carrier delivered by the Oshima Shipyard to Fednav yesterday and set to operate in the Great Lakes next season.
Fednav announced in April that it would equip twelve of its new ships with these systems, well before the regulatory requirement.
The BallastAce system will be effective in both fresh and salt water. BallastAce operates through a sophisticated filter and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) injection mechanism in the ship’s ballast system.
Fednav will therefore start using BallastAce in the Great Lakes at the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2016. With the assistance of Fednav, BallastAce is continuing the necessary stages of its approval for fresh, brackish, and salt water by the US Coast Guard, at the GSI facility in Superior, Wisconsin and at MERC in Baltimore, Maryland. During the first six months of 2016, the system installed on the Federal Biscay will also test under this certification.