Press release – European Network of Maritime Clusters (ENMC) – January 9, 2018 On Thursday 27 December, an InvaSave 300 Mobile Ballast Water Treatment System was transported from Damen Green Solution’s premises in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be used for a demonstration programme as part of the “Atlantic Blue Port Services” project, made possible by the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme, funded
by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Upon arriving in the port of Las Palmas, the unit will be connected to a vessel’s ballast water manifold to take on the no-longer needed water and treat it to the strict D2-standard as prescribed by the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention. The special part is that the InvaSave is the world’s only land-based ballast water management system that is actually IMO-certified to carry out such a job in a single treatment step, without any holding times or use of chemicals. This demonstration is part of the Atlantic Blue Port Services’ second Stakeholder Workshop session. Several interesting presentations are planned besides the demonstration, coming from industry, the Port Authority of the Port of Las Palmas as well as from the Las Palmas University. The programme itself, a cooperation between close to 30 project partners from Spain, Portugal, France, the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands, intends to promote and develop the feasibility of, and best practices for, port reception and treatment facilities. The aim is to drastically reduce oil and polluted ballast water discharge at sea. The planned InvaSave demonstrations are an important part towards this goal. Damen Green Solutions Sales Manager Philip Rabe said, “We are delighted to contribute to this important project. The importance of adequate port-reception facilities to a cleaner maritime industry is crystal clear and the InvaSave can make important contributions in this regard.” “The European maritime community supports Maritime UK’s ambition for a mutually beneficial deal between the UK and EU. “At this critical stage in the negotiations we need calm heads and a sharp focus on delivering the sensible, mutually-beneficial deal both sides of the channel rely upon. We need to be able to provide certainty and stability to our businesses as soon as possible. “The deal must minimise disruption at our ports and to the complex pan-European supply chains we’ve built together. Source: Damen.
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