South Korean ballast system maker Techcross has announced that all the tests for the USCG type approval of ECS-Hychlor System, an indirect electrolysis BWMS developed by Techcross, have been successfully completed.
ECS-Hychlor, a new system developed to meet the diverse needs of customers after the development of ECS, obtained the final approval from IMO in 2016 with indirect electrolysis method. Then Techcross signed a contract with DNV, an independent laboratory (IL) of USCG and conducted the tests at DHI, a subsidiary IL of DNV.
The USCG type approval involves environmental, land-based and shipboard tests. The land-based test requires complying with ballast water discharge standard five consecutive times each in the sea water, brackish water and fresh water. For the shipboard test, it has more stringent requirement of meeting the standard five consecutive times in two or more geographical and climatic ballast water conditions for more than 6 months.
Techcross had conducted the shipboard tests on a bulker carrier with a set of ECS-Hychlor 2,000 and successfully completed the final 5th test in Hong Kong on March 27, 2019, finishing up all the tests required by USCG type approval. Techcross plans to make an application with the IL report for the USCG type approval in coming June, and expects to obtain type approval by the end of 2019.
In a separate development Techcross has announced a collaboration agreement with Hi Air Korea, which accounts for 90% of the Korean market in the field of marine and industrial HVAC systems and which is developing a scrubber for SOx reduction.
Through the agreement, both companies can sell both systems in package to customers. Techcross said the arrangement is expected to be good news for the customers who are considering purchasing both types of environmental equipment in response to the international l regulations as they will be able to buy the both products and services under better terms. It is also hoped that both companies with the solid foothold already established in their respective fields will be able to see the partnership lead to sales growth through working closely together.