The US rejects ballast water test method

Three major ballast water treatment system suppliers have had their test method rejected - method that was otherwise expected to open the doors to the US market. For Desmi Ocean Guard, the venture does not end here, CEO Rasmus Folsø tells ShippingWatch.

The past few years have been turbulent for the suppliers of ballast water management systems. A lack of ratification of the ballast water convention has for years kept a lid on the market, and now another obstacle has emerged.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) this week rejected the test method that several manufacturers of ballast water management systems - including Denmark's Desmi Ocean Guard - has used as documentation to the USGC in order to have their products type approved for the US market.

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