Port of BelleduneCoaltrans School of Coal Singapore 2020Port of StocktonThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology Cleveland Cascades LtdSailors Society
  • Cimbria Bulk Equipment A/S
  • TOC Events
  • Coaltrans School of Coal Singapore 2020
  • Telestack
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Bühler GmbH

Singapore MPA selects Aqua-tools kit

(Posted on 15/06/18)

French water microbiology expert aqua-tools has won a tender to supply Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) with its B-QUA ballast water test kits. Aqua-tools is a France-based technology company specialised in rapid microbial monitoring of water in the marine, industrial, health and municipal sectors.

A public tender was issued in March inviting several companies to quote for supplying a number of kits to the MPA for use by both port and flag state control authorities.

Carine Magdo, aqua-tools’ Business Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the MPA in its initiative to consider implementing a ballast water testing regime. Our user-friendly, portable and, above all, effective B-QUA test kits will give MPA users the tools to carry out rapid, indicative analysis of ballast water in line with the requirements of the Convention.”

Five B-QUA ballast water monitoring solutions and test kits will be supplied by Singapore headquartered Atlas Marine Services (AMS), which manages B-QUA sales and distribution across the Southeast Asia region. AMS was instrumental in securing the order.

AMS, CEO, Stephen Herron said: “aqua-tools’ B-QUA was selected because it met all the MPA’s requirements. It is capable of testing for all three size classes of viable organisms, including bacteria; it complies with the indicative analysis methods stipulated in the BWMC; it provides traceable measurement results within a time frame compatible with port operations; and gives stakeholders the information they need to correctly evaluate the efficiency of ballast water treatment systems.”

Another criterion aqua-tools met was that the method needed  to deliver confidence that the results demonstrated a scientific correlation between the indicative method and detailed analysis, both in the lab and in the field.

Herron added: “The Singapore MPA leads the world in implementing and enforcing measures that enhance maritime safety and curtail the effect of maritime operations on the marine environment. It was the first Port Authority to mandate mass flow metering for bunkering operations and could now lead the world in ballast water testing.”

AMS, in cooperation with aqua-tools, will provide training to MPA personnel on how use the test kits. Training will be in two stages, starting this month.

Singapore, the world’s second largest container port, with more 130,000 vessels calling the port each year, is also the world’s largest bunkering hub, registering more than 50mt in annual bunker sales.

Latest News

Safe Bulkers sell and leaseback eight ships

(Posted on 21/01/20)

Safe Bulkers, Inc., an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced that... Read more


ESL appoint Rönnberg Commercial Director

(Posted on 21/01/20)

Toni Rönnberg, M.Sc. in Economics, has been appointed Commercial Director and a member of Management... Read more


Four new bulkers for Oldendorff

(Posted on 21/01/20)

A rare event is planned for Japan in March 2020: Four newbuildings out of five, which are currently... Read more


Damen signs Bangladesh MoU

(Posted on 21/01/20)

On 14th January, Gentium and Damen Shipyards Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the... Read more


ClassNK issues Compliance Statement Bangladesh

(Posted on 21/01/20)

Leading classification society ClassNK has issued a Statement of Compliance (SoC) to “PHP Ship... Read more


Safe Bulkers extends Alfa Laval partnership

(Posted on 14/01/20)

In June 2018, Greek dry bulk operator Safe Bulkers selected Alfa Laval to retrofit 20 of its vessels... Read more


ClassNK’s autonomous ships guidelines

(Posted on 14/01/20)

Leading Classification Society ClassNK has released its “Guidelines for Automated/Autonomous Operation... Read more


Damen announces Nigeria seminars

(Posted on 14/01/20)

Following the success of the Technical Seminars that it introduced in Nigeria in 2019, Damen Shipyards... Read more


New York correspondent for Britannia

(Posted on 14/01/20)

Britannia P&I has underlined its commitment to the North American market by establishing a new exclusive... Read more


Volatility lifts derivative volumes

(Posted on 08/01/20)

The freight derivatives markets for both dry cargo vessels and tankers saw increased traded volumes... Read more


Cimbria Bulk Equipment A/SCoaltrans MENA 2020Coaltrans Poland 2020ViganBühler GmbHTBA Group
  • Coaltrans Poland 2020
  • TBA Group
  • Coaltrans MENA 2020

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping