The approval is valid for the full range of models 75-3000 with the option of its three filter types: FILTERSAFE, FILTREX and HYDAC.
Commenting on the announcement, ERMA FIRST Managing Director Konstantinos Stampedakis said:
“The owners and managers of Chinese flagged ships now have the option to install a highly flexible, simple to use, low energy and fully compliant ballast water management system. They can be reassured of our experience of working with Chinese shipyards on both newbuilds and retrofits.”
Achieving Chinese type-approval can be a challenging process, but the China Classification Society proved to be an innovative and resourceful partner who helped guide us through the legal complexities, further commented Mr Stampdakis who assured that through their Shanghai office, they provide after-sales support both locally and around the world. Namely, ERMA FIRST has 80 service engineers in China and has 10 years of experience of installing and maintaining ballast water management systems.
Commenting on the announcement, CCS Piraeus Greece Managing Director Jiping Chen said:
“ERMA FIRST is an innovative Greek marine product manufacturer. We are very happy to approve the advanced full-flow electro-chlorination technology used in their ballast water management systems on behalf of the Chinese flag administration. This is very good news for Chinese shipowners and for Chinese environmental protection efforts.”
The ERMA FIRST FIT ballast water management system has a small footprint and can be installed on coastal vessels as well as larger vessel types. Chinese waters vary significantly, ranging from clear offshore waters to highly turbid coastal areas. Using advanced full-flow electro-chlorination, backed up with a filtration system, means that ERMA FIRST FIT is able to cope with challenging waters without impacting cargo operations. Also, its FIT system already holds USCG Type Approval, Final Approval by IMO and Class Type Approval.