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CTI-Maritec receives DNVGL Approval for Ballast Water Testing

CTI-Maritec has got the approval from DNV GL as test facility capable of undertaking ballast water system commissioning tests in line with new ballast water rules set to enter-into-force in October 2021.

The Approval of Service Supplier (AoSS) certification from DNV GL, it’s the first of three classification society approvals expected this year.

CTI-Maritec can now perform biological efficacy testing on DNV GL-classed vessels during the system commissioning stage.

(You can find us in DNVGL website: Which test facilities can ship owners contact for the biological commissioning test and are there any approved portable test kits available?)

Michael Haraldsson, Global Business Development Manager – Ballast Water Testing, CTI-Maritec, said: “New regulations will come into force next year requiring ballast water tests to verify installed systems are compliant with the D2 standard during the commissioning process. As an independent testing lab, we are now approved to test all organism size classes specified in the standard along with bacteria, including vibrio cholerae, escherichia coli, and enterococci.”

During the AoSS certification process, DNV GL reviewed CTI-Maritec’s standard operating procedures, including detailed step-by-step sampling methodology and analysis and the relevant quality control procedures. The procedures for indicative and detailed analysis were also assessed to ensure they meet the requirements set out in BWM.2/Circ.42/Rev.1) and the D2 standard.

While onboard indicative tests are a minimum requirement, if any discharge sample exceeds the regulatory levels, samples must be analysed by accredited laboratories within a matter of hours of the sample being taken.

“With the majority of ballast water system installations and commissioning taking place in China, CTI is well placed to ensure D2 and USCG testing is carried quickly and effortlessly.”

The organisation currently has several test labs in China and is planning to open further facilities across Asia and the Middle East to meet anticipated demand.

John Ren Di, VP Business Development, CTI-Maritec, said: “With about 10,000 ballast water treatment installations expected to take place annually over the next five years, shipowners and builders do need to plan now to avoid any delays to delivery schedules. There are already about 12,000 systems installed, with the majority not having been compliance tested. These systems will also need to be tested, so we do recommend shipowners start testing now to avoid bottle necks.”

Singapore-headquartered CTI-Maritec, the maritime division of the Centre Testing International Group Co., Ltd., advises regular ballast water testing – at least two times per year for vessels that might be trading in US waters. 


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About CTI-Maritec

Maritec Pte Ltd is a leading marine fuel and lubricant testing, bunker quantity surveying and consultancy service provider in Singapore.

CTI marine division is the only inspection body accredited to ISO 17020 by UKAS to perform asbestos surveys on ships, as well as the only foreign marine asbestos survey body recognized by AMSA. By delivering HAZMAT services to the industry for the last 10 years and have conducted more than 1500 IHM surveys so far leading to issuance of the Statement of Compliance by Classification societies as DNVGL, LR, ABS and CCS. And provide cost-effective service to the client a global network with offices in Singapore, Greece, Netherland, China, Malaysia, India, UK etc.

Maritec was acquired by the CTI group in June 2020 and will be integrated into the CTI Group’s Marine Division.

The CTI Group, with over 10,000 employees world-wide, is one of the foremost provider of Marine Services to the shipping industry. Specializing in Inspection, Testing, Certification and Consultancy in the fields of Maritime Health, Safety and Environment, CTI provides a comprehensive and one-stop HSE solution for clients.

Working together, CTI-Maritec will be able to provide existing and new clients with an augmented and wide- ranging set of inspection, testing, certification and consultancy services.

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