LiqTech wins MPA award to develop ballast water system
LiqTech Pte Ltd has been awarded funding from Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA) Maritime Innovation & Technology (MINT) Fund to develop a ballast water treatment system (BWTS), its parent company, LiqTech International Inc. (LiqTech), has announced, Ship & Bunker reports.
The treatment system uses a proprietary Silicon Carbide (SiC) membrane to filter ballast water, preventing the spread of aquatic organisms from one region to another.
"We are very pleased with the support and recognition by The Maritime and Port of Authority of Singapore," said LiqTech Pte General Manager Kum Leong Lee.
"We see a great potential for SiC membranes to provide a high filtration performance not seen in the marketplace today."
"Filtration units based on SiC membranes will deliver optimal operating conditions for any disinfection technology to complete a BWTS."
LiqTech will begin developing the product this quarter with the help of a Singapore engineering firm.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has been pushing for increased focus on ballast water issues in line with its International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.