Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage treat ballast water using mobile system

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

12 June 2018


Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage announce the successful treatment of ballast water with a mobile system, marking the first live deployment to assist a vessel requiring ballast water management.

A press release from the company said: "Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage (Global) announce the successful treatment of ballast water with a mobile system on board a 350-foot marine vessel moored in Coos Bay, Oregon."

Ballast Remote

Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage deployed the Glosten Ballast Responder successfully treating all 3,990 tons of ballast water on board. The contingency response team deployed from Seattle, Washington the morning of May 21st and certified all ballast water on board as safe for discharge by the evening of the 23rd.

"The system and team performed very well," said Glosten Principal and ballast water treatment expert Kevin Reynolds, PE. "We will continue to incorporate lessons learned as we perform additional deployments."

The treatment utilized a mobile ballast water mixing system that Glosten developed in cooperation with the US Geological Survey and the National Park Service. Previous deployments were used to gain biological efficacy data and establish practical treatment protocols; however, this treatment marks the first live deployment to assist a vessel requiring ballast water management for treating aquatic nuisance species.

"The Ballast Responder enabled the operator to comply with State and Federal regulations. Deploying the team was the right move for this application," commented Rian Hooff of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Hooff added, "We've been looking for a practical contingency system to protect our waters from potential aquatic invasions. We are very pleased to see Ballast Responder fill that need."

Next steps include a trial deployment on the Great Lakes in July and the building and pre-deployment of additional kits in key shipping locations in the US and worldwide. David DeVilbiss, Global Diving & Salvage's VP of Casualty & Emergency Response, shared his enthusiasm for the effort. "As always, Global is eager to serve our marine community, and will continue to evaluate various deployment options."

Glosten, founded in 1958, is recognized throughout the marine industry for providing innovative solutions to clients' challenging problems, integrating advanced analysis with practical, experience-based design. Glosten's expertise includes Naval Architecture, Ocean Engineering & Analysis, Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Detail/Production Design. Glosten is the parent company to Noise Control Engineering, LLC, a premier acoustical and structural engineering consultancy specializing in noise and vibration measurement and control for marine, industrial, commercial, and military applications.

Global is a leader in the marine services industry with decades of experience managing complex, critical and technical projects in and around the water. Our skilled and seasoned professionals offer safe and reliable marine construction, commercial diving, marine casualty response, and environmental services – even in the most challenging environments.