Oil producer Saudi Aramco has selected Chelsea Technologies Group
(CTG), designer and manufacturer of sensors for the maritime
sector, to provide benchmark testing for compliance with ballast
water standards. This follows Saudi Aramco's announcement that
all ships calling at its ports and terminals will be required to
provide ballast water samples, in order to demonstrate compliance
with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Ballast
Water Management Convention (BWM Convention).
CTG's FastBallast portable ballast water analyzer has been chosen
by Saudi Aramco and will be deployed as a benchmark testing
device to conduct spot checks on indicative sampling undertaken
by third-party sampling companies. FastBallast was selected
following a detailed technical review conducted by Saudi Aramco's
in-house marine biology experts.
Together with Global Strategic Alliance Saudi Arabia (GSA), its
agent for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Chelsea Technologies has also
provided consultancy and guidance to Saudi Aramco's in-house
experts on the testing and sampling standards and processes that
should be put in place to ensure compliance with IMO standards.
In addition, GSA is working closely with the Saudi Arabia
authorities to utilize FastBallast as the national benchmark for
indicative ballast water sampling.
Dr. Brian Phillips, Managing Director of Chelsea Technologies,
commented, "It is testament to the confidence of Saudi Aramco in
the unrivalled accuracy and reliability of FastBallast that it
has been selected as the gold standard for ballast water sampling
in ensuring compliance with the IMO Ballast Water Management
Convention. Together with GSA, our sole agent in Saudi Arabia and
Bahrain, we look forward to working together with Saudi Aramco to
ensure that all third-party ballast water sampling meets the high
standards of compliance now required of all vessels calling at
Saudi Aramco ports and terminals from international waters. We
are proud of the role that FastBallast will play in creating the
national benchmark for ballast water sampling and, in doing so,
helping to protect Saudi Arabia's marine environment."
Saudi Aramco ports and terminals are considered the highest
receiver of ballast water from ships, with over 180 million tons
of ballast water discharged during cargo operations every year.
Saudi Arabia ratified IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention
during April 2017, through a Royal Decree signed by the Custodian
of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, activating the
adoption of a national ballast water management strategy, which
includes indicative sampling of ballast water.
Global Strategic Alliance Saudi Arabia (GSA), Chelsea
Technologies' sole agent in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was invited
by Saudi Aramco to participate in a workshop held in Saudi Aramco
headquarters in Dhahran on 26th July 2017. The workshop was held
to facilitate the launch of ballast water indicative sampling at
all Saudi Aramco ports and terminals and was attended by GSA's
CEO, Adnan Bahamdein, and GSA's Operations Director, Ramachandran
GSA is also working closely with Chelsea Technologies to make its
FastBallast onboard indicative ballast sampling devices available
to ship owners and operators throughout Saudi Arabia and other
GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries.