Vessels with Ballast Water Treatment Systems installed and planned to sail to US waters, need to comply with both regulations.
US EPA VGP 2013
Vessels sailing in US waters must comply with the US maritime regulations (EPA VGP 2013), just for the simple reason that the US is not a signatory of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.
In order to comply with the regulations, the discharge water from BWTS need to be tested in order to confirm Biological Efficacy, and that the system is operated in accordance with the standards and requirements.
By performing the discharge water testing the specialist (24marine.com) can check the mechanical, physical, chemical and biological process of the BWTS, and compliance with regulations, It is recommended that the Sampling and Testing is performed by a independent test facility, accredited and certified to perform the tests required. See 24marine.com for more info.
24Marine will verify that your BWMS is operated in accordance with performance and standards at discharge as per USCG and IMO.
Different type of systems (Chlorine, Ozone, Electrolytic, Ultraviolet, Pasteurization, etc) require different type of tests, sampling and check procedures.
When the test are performed by land based facility (Accredited Laboratory) it is really important to hire a specialist (trained) water sampling specialist, in order to collect, filed test, preserve, transport, document and deliver the samples to the lab following the standards. If the Sampling procedures are not followed by standards the sample can be declared as not valid.
Drones and UAV offer a very real solution for the inspection of confined areas, such as tanks / cargo holds. Traditional inspection of these tanks is a laborious, expensive and poses many potential risks. The use of a drone revolutionises the time needed and the the safety of cargo tanks and cargo holds inspection.
By performing tanks and cargo holds inspections using drones the specialist (24marine.com) can check the the real time conditions of places that are not accesible by normal human conditions.
A drone can be quickly deployed to capture images and video to allow asset inspectors to view all internal spaces. This includes fitting pipes, wall and bulkheads junctions, welding, structural members, without the need for workers to spend time in a highly hazardous environment, workinng at high.
Industry statistics shows that 98% of the costs are related to HSE and preparation, only 2% to the inspection itself. By removing the need for staging, scaffolding, downtime and the time is taken for humans to enter confined spaces leads to a cost reduction that amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars
Traditional cargo tank inspection takes days to implement. Tank inspections carried out by a drone can take as little as two hours per tank. or cargo hold.
Remotely Operated Vehicles, or ROVs, are submergeable robots that are controlled from above the water. ROVs are connected to the topside via cable umbilical (tether) cable and controlled using a joystick in a similar to play a video game. A group of cables, connects the ROV to surface station, sending electrical signals back and forth between the operator and the vehicle.
Here we summarize few of the benefits of using ROV for our underwater surveys:
Reducing Human Exposure:
Human divers can only submerge to certain depths for a restricted period of time, and the skill and danger involved makes deepwater diving unrealistic.
ROVs allow us to investigate areas that are too deep for humans (divers) to safely reach themselves.
Remote Operated Vehicles can stay underwater much longer than a human diver, expanding the time available for exploration. The only limitation will be the power source (battery or power supply).
Although ROVs were not as successful initially, the technology has come a long way, and now Underwater Vehicles are regularly used offshore for petroleum developments and drilling, fishfarming, military and oceanogrphy investigations.