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www.sea-technology.com February 2017 / st 47 Alfa Laval PureBallast Receives USCG Type Approval In December, Alfa Laval received U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for the third generation of its ballast water treatment system, PureBallast. The approval allows shipowners who deballast in the U.S. waters to use this treatment technology. The USCG based its type approval of PureBallast on CMFDA/FDA testing conducted at DHI in Denmark. This testing was performed using the same hardware, power consumption and flow as the IMO-certified version of the PureBallast 3 family. New Vessel Allows Greater Reach for Scientists A new vessel has been developed by the U.S. Army Engi- neer Research and Development Center that provides new capabilities to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' scientists and engineers. The coring barge allows researchers to take sediment samples in areas otherwise inaccessible with con- ventional equipment. The 28-ft. barge drafts only 9 in. and can be indepen- dently powered by a 40-hp outboard motor. It's equipped with a collapsible drilling rig that can take samples up to 20 ft. below the sediment. OceanSaver Obtains Final USCG Type Approval OceanSaver has received final type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as the first ballast water treatment system supplier utilizing electrochlorination. The system is now available for medium and large vessels like LR1s, VLCCs and large gas carriers. The USCG testing has been carried out with OceanSav- er's existing MKII system without significant modifications. The certificate does not impose any restrictions on daily vessel operations. Metal Shark Announces New Contracts Metal Shark has announced several new contracts with Latin America and Caribbean operators, expanding the company's presence in the region. Puerto Rico's Police De- partment commissioned the first of three Metal Shark 36-ft. Fearless-class center console patrol boats. The Colombian National Police received a 33-ft. Relentless-class patrol boat. In addition, Metal Shark was also awarded a contract to produce 12 38-ft. Defiant-class pilothouse patrol boats for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. World Fuel Services to Provide Fuel at Sunoco Logistics Nederland Terminal World Fuel Services (WFS) has been named the exclusive provider of marine fuel at the Sunoco Logistics Nederland Terminal in Texas starting in March. WFS will supply both RMG 380 and MGO 0.1 percent Sulfur with both available "ex-pipe" and can be delivered to the vessel simultaneously as the cargo is loaded or discharged. The Nederland Terminal provides storage and distribu- tion service for refiners and other large transporters of crude oil and NGLs. The terminaling services operate with an ag- gregate storage capacity of 26 million barrels of crude oil and 1 million barrels of NGLs.