Hyde Marine, Inc, will introduce the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold™ Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS), which offers the smallest footprint of any BWTS in the maritime industry, at Marintec Shanghai, China, December 3-6, 2013, Booth N2H31.
 
The IMO Type-approved Hyde GUARDIAN Gold provides a 50 percent reduction in footprint with its new filter. The system is ideal for retrofits as it provides the compact size required by a growing number of ship owners and operators, while still maintaining the robust construction and technological specifications necessary to meet stringent ballast water treatment (BWT) regulations.
 
Currently, Hyde Marine is the maritime industry’s most experienced solutions provider in the BWT retrofit market with more than 34 projects, of which 21 Hyde GUARDIAN units have already been installed and commissioned.
 
While the footprint for the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold is 50 percent smaller, the unit features a number of distinct advantages, including continuous and increased flow to tanks during ballasting, ability to handle heavy organic and sediment loading, and up to a 30 percent reduction in peak power consumption.
 
The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS is an effective and reliable solution that combines efficient filtration and Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. Standard systems are available for flow rates from 60 m3/hr up to 6,000 m3/hr. With its ability to be skid mounted, the system can be easily installed in existing ships where retrofits are required in crowded machinery spaces or in new ship construction.
 
The new Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS features a number of design and functional enhancements to allow expanded modes of one-touch operation. They include an advanced touch screen Operator Interface (OIT) and upgraded PLC controller with increased speed and memory capacity, as well as improved controls for tank stripping, gravity ballasting, internal transfer, emergency ballasting, and maintenance.
 
Other improvements include the addition of UV reactor level and moisture sensors for increased safety, as well as relocation of the UV cooling valve to the top of the UV reactor chamber for improved air removal.
 
Commenting on the announcement, John Platz, President, Hyde Marine, said, “As a technical leader in ballast water treatment, Hyde Marine remains on the forefront of innovation. The addition of the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold to our suite of maritime solutions will help the growing numbers of ship owners and operators facing compliance deadlines meet their ballast water treatment requirements, particularly for retrofits and those vessels with limited space.”
 
The company recently announced it has delivered more than 200 Hyde GUARDIAN® Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) Systems and commissioned more than 120 for operation on a variety of vessels around the world, based on sales of 280 units.
 
In 2013, the Hyde GUARDIAN BWTS became one of the first to earn Alternate Management System (AMS) approval from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). AMS approval is a first step to achieving full USCG Type Approval and is an interim measure that allows these BWT systems to be used on vessels for five years after the vessel is required to comply with the USCG Ballast Water Discharge Standards. The five-year period is designed to allow the BWT manufacturer sufficient time to obtain U.S. Type Approval and to ensure the ship operator's compliance with U.S. ballast water regulations. 


 
The Hyde GUARDIAN BWTS was also the first accepted into the U.S. Coast Guard's Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP), which facilitates the development of effective BWTS technologies for vessel owners seeking alternatives to ballast water exchange. STEP participation is available to all foreign and domestic vessels subject to the Coast Guard's Ballast Water Management (BWM) regulations.