The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is looking for technologies that will address issues brought about by ballast water.
Engr. Raul C. Sabularse, deputy executive director, of DOST-PCIEERD has sought for proposals for the “Sails program,” on the Ship’s Ballast Water and Biofouling Treatment Systems for marine vessels.
PCIEERD, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, conducts science and technology initiatives for Maritime Transport. The DoST-PCIEERD is looking for technologies for a safer, cleaner, more efficient and competitive shipping industry.
“We wanted to address the need to develop efficient and cost effective ballast water treatment technologies to be used onboard ships. We want to establish programs to develop, test, evaluate and approve the same in accordance with the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC),” he said.
Ship owners need to comply with environmental regulations concerning the BWMC requirement of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
All vessels need to have a ballast water treatment system onboard to be able to meet what are known as the D2 standards, under the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention.