Applications for GSI Services
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Background Information
Current and Past Applicants

 

 

Applications for GSI Services

GSI offers three fundamental categories of testing services to developers of ballast water management systems (BWMSs), i.e., Status Testing, Foreign (Non-U.S.) Flag Type Approval Testing, and U.S. Type Approval Testing. The application approach and financial terms differ between the categories and are detailed below. GSI's policy governing the release and publication of data and findings also differs by test type and can be accessed here.

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BWMS Status Testing:

GSI offers Status Testing Services at one or more scales (Bench, Land-Based, and Ship-Board) to BWMS developers, depending upon the stage of BWMS development and specific BWMS Status Testing questions. GSI Status Testing provides BWMS developers insight into the performance of BWMS processes and configurations at early stages of development relative to specific challenge conditions and scenarios.  GSI findings are strictly the performance outcomes of the tests.  That is, to maintain its independence as a testing facility, GSI does not engage in discussions with the BWMS developer on, or produce recommendations for, ways to improve the BWMS process subject to testing.  Developers apply directly to GSI for these services (see process below), and GSI awards Status Testing services at no cost except for shipping to and from the GSI facility, and installation and removal from the facility.

BWMS Foreign (Non-U.S.) Flag Type Approval Testing:

GSI offers Type Approval testing at the Land-Based and Shipboard scales consistent with IMO G-8 and IMO G-9 Guidelines in coordination with a Non-US Flag Administration. BWMS developers apply directly to GSI for these services (see process below), and GSI awards the services strictly at the cost to GSI of BWMS testing service operations. (Public funds support the cost of GSI Land-Based RDTE Facility construction and maintenance, worker training, program administration, etc.)

U.S. Type Approval Testing

GSI offers U.S.-Type Approval testing at the Land-Based and Shipboard scales consistent with IMO G-8 and IMO G-9 Guidelines and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program's protocols strictly at the cost to GSI of BWMS testing service operations. (Public funds support the cost of GSI Land-Based RDTE Facility construction and maintenance, worker training, program administration, etc.).  These services are offered under the auspices of a U.S. Coast Guard-recognized Independent Laboratory (NSF International) in coordination with a marine/brackish water test facility (Maritime Environmental Research Center, MERC), and environmental test facility (Retlif Testing Laboratories).

How to Apply for and Receive GSI Servicese GSI BWMS Testing Services

BWMS Status Testing and Foreign (Non-U.S.) Flag Type Approval Testing:

Please apply directly to GSI using the GSI application form (see below) for GSI Status Testing and Foreign (Non-U.S.) Flag Type Approval Testing Services.  GSI will consider any complete applications that are submitted electronically.

All submitted applications will receive an email confirming their receipt within 48 hours of submission. Please email nmays@nemw.org if you do not receive this confirmation email. Also, please email nmays@nemw.org if you have any questions or problems submitting the electronic application form and/or supporting information and attachments.

Application Form: GSI Services Application Form (pdf).

GSI offers BWMS developers Status Testing and Foreign (Non-U.S.) Flag Type Approval  Testing Services based on BWMS technical merit (i.e., likely operational effectiveness, biological effectiveness and environmental soundness, based on independent expert reviews of BWMS developer-provided supporting information); and GSI programmatic priorities (such as relevancy to priority ship types that ply to and within the Great Lakes) as recommended by the GSI Advisory Committee and determined by the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  

GSI awards testing services to BWMS developers to which it offers testing services upon completion of a mutually negotiated Participation Agreement and Test/Quality Assurance Project Plan (TQAP; i.e., test plan).  The Agreement and TQAP will include the proposed testing schedule and specific terms with respect to non-disclosure of intellectual property, insurance and handling of the test findings. 

U.S. Type Approval Testing

BWMS developers can apply directly to NSF International for U.S. Type Approval Testing at GSI as part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Independent Laboratory process using the application form (see below). GSI participates in this process and offers and awards type approval testing through NSF International and in coordination with the Maritime Environmental Research Center (MERC) and Retlif Testing Laboratories. For more information about U.S. Type Approval Testing at GSI please contact Mr. Tom Stevens at stevenst@nsf.org.

Application Form: U.S. Type Approval Testing Application Form (pdf).
Instructions: U.S. Type Approval Testing Application Instructions (pdf).
Information: U.S. Type Approval Testing Application Information (pdf).

Background Information

Current and Past Applicants

GSI has undertaken testing activities in collaboration with the following BWMS developers. Final test reports are available here.

Scale
Developer
Treatment
Status
Bench
Hyde Marine Inc.
Menadione
Complete
U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center
Sodium Hydroxide
Complete
EcologiQ LLC
Yeast treatment
Complete
Seair Inc.
Filtration/Ozone/UV
Write-up
Environmental Technologies Inc.
Ozone/Sonic energy
Complete
Michigan Technological University
Sodium hypochlorite
Complete
N/A
Brine
Complete
VRTX Technologies
Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation
Write-up
Bacoustics LLC
Chlorine/Ultrasound
Complete
U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center
Hydrated Lime
Complete
Siemen's Water Technologies Corp.

Electrochlorination

Write-up
Siemen's Water Technologies Corp.

Filtration + Electrochlorination
(WET Testing)

Complete
AlfaWall AB
Filtration + Advanced Oxidation (Version 1) (WET Testing)
Complete
AlfaWall AB
Filtration + Advanced Oxidation (Version 2) (WET Testing)
Complete
U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Center
Sodium hydroxide + carbon dioxide (WET Testing)
Complete
AquaMOST
Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation
Complete
Evonik Industries
PERACLEAN® Ocean
Write-up
MH Systems
Deoxygenation/inert gas
Write-up
Millmac Corp.
Electrostatic charge
Write-up
U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Cente
Sodium hydroxide
Complete
Land-Based Tests
Seair Inc.
Filtration + ozone/UV
Write-up
Siemen's Water Technologies Corp.

Filtration + Electrochlorination

Complete
U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Cente
Sodium hydroxide +carbon dioxide
Complete
AlfaWall AB
Filtration + Advanced Oxidation (Version 1)
Complete
AlfaWall AB
Filtration + Advanced Oxidation (Version 1)
Complete
Isle Royale National Park/NPS
Sodium hypochlorite + neutralizer
Complete
Shipboard
U.S. Geological Survey, Leetown Science Cente
Sodium hydroxide
Complete

 

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