April 30, 2020

The Hyde GUARDIAN-US (Universal Service) has successfully been awarded Type Approval by the United States Coast Guard under 46CFR162.060.

Pittsburgh, PA — April 29, 2020 — Hyde Marine has announced that it has successfully been awarded Type Approval by the United States Coast Guard under 46CFR162.060. Certification under this Type Approval completes the full suite of Type Approvals able to be achieved by a ballast water treatment system and ensures that customers can purchase, install, and use a Hyde GUARDIAN-US treatment system wherever they are discharging their ballast water, anywhere in the world.

Hyde Marine has long been one of the world’s leaders in ballast water treatment (BWT) with more than 500 of its ballast water treatment systems sold to date. “The Hyde GUARDIAN-US is the next evolutionary step not only in the product but also in the entire ballast water treatment industry,” said Chris Todd, Executive Director of Hyde Marine.  While the GUARDIAN BWTS has always used space-efficient filtration and ultraviolet disinfection to treat ships’ ballast water to prevent the spread of invasive species from port to port, this new product brings compliance and performance from the background to the forefront.

“The Hyde GUARDIAN-US contains four market-disrupting innovations,” offered Mark Riggio, Senior Market Manager for Hyde Marine’s ballast water business. “The first, and most obvious, is the intuitive user interface.” This interface simplifies operation and automates all processes to ensure that crews do not require hours of training to operate the system. By heavily automating the process, the system can be easily integrated with a vessel’s automation system.

“The system also has been approved with a pioneering dose-based performance algorithm,” continued Riggio.  This dose-based approach to treatment allows the GUARDIAN-US to continuously regulate flow and deliver the precise amount of dose required to meet the treatment objectives.  This ensures that most water is delivered through the system that is possible for the given conditions.

But perhaps the two most important innovations are the ones that do not involve how the system works at all. “The GUARDIAN control system features a one-of-a-kind Treatment Alarm that instantly lets crews know when a system is operating outside of the performance boundaries tested. While this does not necessarily mean the water is non-compliant, it allows the crew to decide whether to implement contingency measures if they are not sure whether their water is properly treated. And if there are any problems with the system, each GUARDIAN-US is fitted with remote access so we can troubleshoot and, in some cases, even repair the system before the vessel even enters port.”

Having earned their International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval in January, this final certification places the Hyde GUARDIAN-US in the elite group of ballast water treatment systems capable of being installed on any ship, discharging anywhere in the world, from today, into 2021 and beyond.

The Hyde GUARDIAN-US BTWS was tested with water containing organism counts far exceeding IMO and USCG requirements and was tested with the most demanding water conditions to challenge the limits of system performance.  Perhaps most importantly, the GUARDIAN-US delivers all these disrupting innovations in a package that still features one of the smallest footprints in the market.

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About Hyde Marine
Hyde Marine has more than 100 years in the maritime industry and pioneering development of ballast water treatment technologies, Hyde Marine has become the leading U.S. manufacturer and educator regarding regulations, technologies, installation experiences, and challenges facing this sector. Since its initial launch in 1998, the Hyde GUARDIAN® BWTS has emerged as an industry leader featuring mechanical separation with filtration followed by UV disinfection – with more than 500 Hyde GUARDIAN units sold to date for installation in various ship types and sizes around the world.