Filtersafe says the filters can operate in vertical or horizontal configurations, are adaptable and are particularly suited to use in vessels with limited space for filtering equipment. The compact line contains fewer parts than larger filters, which the company says makes them easier to maintain and offer a longer service life.
The company adds that commercial interest in ballast water filtration systems has increased markedly as implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) becomes more likely. The treaty, sponsored by the London-based International Marine Organization (IMO), is aimed at combating marine bio-invasions. As more nations ratify the convention, it is likely that it will come into force in 2016.