Dutch independent Lab for ballast water management systems approved by US Coast Guard

10 Jun 2015

The Control Union Certifications (CUC) Consortium - in which TNO is represented - has been accepted as the fourth Independent Laboratory world-wide as defined by the United States Coast Guard, (USCG) to test and certify Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). 

This status will enable CUC in conjunction with its partners Control Union, TNO, NIOZ, IMARES, GoConsult and Dr. Matej David Consult to carry out BWMS tests for USCG Type Approval according to 46 CFR 162.060. CUC Independent Laboratory combines experience inspecting offshore equipment and quality management with more than 10 years of ballast water management system testing of its sub-labs. CUC Independent Laboratory can now offer a superior testing service to vendors seeking USCG Type Approval for their ballast water management systems. The demand for approved systems is high because US legislation regarding ballast water discharge is already in place and the availability of Independent Labs is limited. Thus far, no ballast water management system certificates have been issued by the USCG.

The project is another example of TNO's contribution in the "Maritime Consortium of Environmental Science and Technology" (MUST) group, in which NIOZ, IMARES, DELTARES and TNO are joining forces for sustainable exploration of the global oceans.

For more information please contact Dan Veen at TNO

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