ERMA First establishes Bactest partnership

Sep 29 2017

Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) manufacturer ERMA First and Bactest, producers of a fully integrated ballast water testing solution; have announced a partnership agreement.

This partnership enables ERMA First to sell Bactest’s IMO-D2 compliance testing toolkit ‘Speedy Breedy SeaSure’ along with ERMA First BWTS solution.  


“ERMA First has always been committed to deliver total ballast water solutions for all types and sizes of vessels. In an effort to satisfy our customers’ needs we established this co-operation with Bactest. We are honoured to be working with such a well-known company. The implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention is an important milestone for the environment and such co-operations will promote sustainable development,”said Dr Efi Tsolaki, Chief Scientific Officer at ERMA First’s R&D department.  


Speedy Breedy SeaSure compliance testing toolkit, will help to ensure ERMA First’s BWTS users are adhering to BWTS standards, whilst enabling them to demonstrate this compliance to Port State Control officers.


Bactest CEO, Prof Annie Brooking, said “We are delighted to be working with ERMA First to provide their customers with a secure system that will enable them to track the results of their ballast water testing by way of our secure fully integrated ballast water testing solution Speedy Breedy SeaSure. “


Unlike other testing solutions, Speedy Breedy SeaSure is suitable for on board testing and tests to the IMO-D2 standard for bacteria, phytoplankton, residual chemicals and salinity.


These results, together with vessel data, as per IMO requirements, are integrated into a secure report called Ballast Log, which can be stored electronically creating a secure audit trail or e-mailed to relevant parties, such as shipowners and PSC authorities in advance of the ships’ arrival in port. 

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