BIO-UV installs ballast water treatment system on CMA CGM's newbuild

BIO-UV Group has successfully installed its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system on CMA CGM's new 20,600 TEU containership Antoine De Saint Exupery built by Hanjin Heavy Industries' yard in the Philippines.

The company will also supply BIO-Sea units for nine 22,000 TEU CMA CGM vessels under construction in China, following the signing of a supply order earlier this year.

BIO-UV Group CEO Benoit Gillmann said: "We anticipate a significant spike in ballast water retrofits over the next two to three years. Taking newbuilds and retrofits into account, the market is worth more than EUR7.5 billion (US$8.756 billion) and if BIO-SEA can account for just five per cent of this over the next six years or so, then we would be very happy indeed."

BIO-SEA business director Xavier Deval added: "We anticipate the market beginning to take shape in 2019 but the big boom is likely to be in the 2020-2021 period. It will inevitably be a last-minute rush, so owners really do need to plan ahead to account for any increase in lead times."

The BIO-Sea system incorporates two technologies in a single, fully automated skid-mounted or modular unit. The system first cleans ballast water using a screen filter to reduce the amount of total suspended particles present in the seawater.

The second technology - the UV-based disinfection technology - treats the water and eliminates all microorganisms without the addition of chemicals or active substances. The water passes through a reactor where UV rays destroy the microorganisms' DNA.