Ballast water partnership announced

Paul Boughton

Cambridge, UK-based Bactest, inventor and manufacturer of Speedy Breedy, the well-known portable contamination test, has signed a global exclusive distribution agreement with Goltens to sell Speedy Breedy into the ballast water testing market.

Under the agreement Goltens will sell Speedy Breedy through its global network of stations to ship owners, ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturers, port state authorities and ultimately, the US Coast Guard. In anticipation of ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention, over 2,000 ships have installed BWTS and Bactest claims that Speedy Breedy is the only instrument on the market that can be used on ships or in port to test for compliance with the three bacteria set out in the standard: Vibrio Cholera, E.Coli and Enterococci. Over the next few years up to 90,000 ships will be mandated to comply with IMO regulations.

In addition, the USA has already introduced legislation via its Clean Water Act where newly built ships are required to install BWMS.

Bactest CEO Professor Annie Brooking said, “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Goltens. They have an impressive track record of retrofitting BWTS and indeed lead the market in this field. Bactest will benefit hugely from their global sales infrastructure and marketing strength."

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