Saudi Aramco moves on ballast water requirements

Saudi Aramco has selected Chelsea Technologies to deliver benchmark testing for ballast water standards compliance after the company announced that all ships calling at its ports and terminals must provide samples of the water deposits to comply with the IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention.

Chelsea Technologies’ FastBallast portable ballast water analyser will undertake spot checks on indicative sampling carried out by third-party sampling companies.

The product was picked following an in-depth technical review from in-house marine biology experts for Saudi Aramco, which is the largest oil producer in the world.

Working with its agent for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Global Strategic Alliance Saudi Arabia (GSA), Chelsea Technologies has also given consultancy and guidance to Saudi Aramco’s in-house experts concerning testing and sampling standards, as well as processes that should be implemented, to ensure IMO standards compliance.

GSA is also working with the Saudi Arabian authorities to use FastBallast as the national benchmark for indicative ballast water sampling.

Saudi Aramco ports and terminals receive over 180m tons of ballast water every year.

Saudi Arabia ratified the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention in April 2017, triggering the adoption of a national ballast water management plan, which includes indicative ballast water sampling.

GSA and Chelsea Technologies are also working to make FastBallast onboard indicative ballast sampling devices accessible for ship owners and operators across Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

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