OTTAWA, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The members of the Canadian Shipowners
Association (CSA) have partnered with Great Ships Initiative (GSI), a
project of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, a regional non-profit
research center headquartered in Washington, DC. Efficacy tests of
ballast water filtration systems in the unique, cold, fresh waters of
the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway (GLSLW) will take place this
summer at the GSI ballast treatment testing facility in Superior,
Wisconsin. To date no technology has been type-approved for operation
in the GLSLW waters, where Canadian vessels operate.
Canadian ship owners are looking proactively to find practical solutions
to ballast water management. The membership chose to partner with the
world-class, government-funded GSI testing facility to build objective
knowledge of technological solutions. Results from the trial of
filtration technologies are expected by the end of August 2013.
"Our membership has a track record of leading the use of innovative
technologies and best management practices to improve performance,
safety and to protect the environment," said Robert Lewis-Manning,
President of the Canadian Shipowners Association. Lewis-Manning
further notes, "The partnership of our membership with GSI is important
because it builds on our industry's leadership and demonstrates the
commitment of the members of the Canadian Shipowners Association to
find solutions that are practical, can work in our unique operating
environment and will achieve results in a cost effective manner."
Since 2006, a bi-national (Canada - U.S) requirement for mid-ocean
ballast water exchange, no new organisms have been detected in the
GLSLW from beyond Canadian territorial waters.
The CSA membership operates Canadian-flagged and uniquely designed ships
on Canadian coastal, Arctic and inland waters, with highly skilled
Canadian crew and is part of a $36B continental GLSLW marine
transportation system. Recent investments of over $700 million in 14
new vessels, have positioned the industry for growth. Marine
transportation is the most sustainable form of transportation.
SOURCE: Canadian Shipowners Association
For further information:
Media Contact: Robert Lewis-Manning, President, The Canadian Shipowners Association, 613-232-3539