Hyde Marine Inc. has announced the award of a contract from a leading South Korean shipyard to supply Hyde GUARDIAN® Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) Systems for multiple 157,000 DWT Suez Max Crude Oil Tankers being built for a major Greek ship owner.

Ten Hyde GUARDIAN ship-sets will be delivered from May 2011 to March 2013. As Hyde Marine’s first large tanker project, the company will be supplying explosion-proof UV Reactors and the newly developed Hyde GUARDIAN SUPERFLOW high capacity, auto-back flush disk filters. This is one of the largest BWT system orders placed to date totaling just over $19.8 million. 

This groundbreaking order for Hyde Marine expands the range of application of Hyde GUARDIAN technology in both capacity and vessel type in the BWT market.  Each of the tankers will have two 2500m3/hr capacity explosion-proof Hyde GUARDIAN systems, one for each ballast pump, and one 450 m3/hr standard skid-mounted system for the after peak tank. Total treatment capacity per ship is 5450m3/hr. The Hyde GUARDIAN systems will also be fully integrated into the ships’ ballast control systems.

The IMO Type Approved and totally chemical free Hyde GUARDIAN offers a compact, modular design, low power consumption scaled according to capacity, low pressure drop, and simple, fully automatic operation. These advantages make it a technically attractive and cost-effective solution for any type of vessel.  The Hyde GUARDIAN, which uses auto-back flush filtration and UV disinfection, can be adapted to fit the available space on an existing vessel or can be installed as a compact 100% skid mounted package. The robust design and exceptional reliability of the Hyde GUARDIAN system has been proven during more than seven years of continuous service aboard the cruise ship “Coral Princess”.  This system which was installed in the spring of 2003 as the platform for IMO G8 Type Approval testing in 2008 has operated with the originally installed equipment including the UV lamps through 2010.

Hyde Marine is a market leader in the large emerging BWT market.  The Hyde GUARDIAN received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval in April 2009 and was the first BWT System accepted into the US Coast Guard STEP program in October of 2008. Hyde has now sold IMO Type Approved systems with capacities from 60 to 2500 m3/hr.