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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced that the 'Ballast Catch' Viable Organism Sampler will shortly begin marketing.

The device, jointly developed by MOL Group company MOL Engineering and Satake Corporation, saves workload in preparing samples of ballast water prior to testing for the presence of marine organisms. Another MOL Group company, MOL Techno-Trade, will handle sales of Ballast Catch.

Satake developed the Ballast Eye Viable Organism Analyser, an inspection system to determine how many living organisms are contained in a vessel's ballast water, in response to stricter regulations set out in the IMO International Ballast Water Convention and MOL Techno-Trade has sold it since 2016. The newly released Ballast Catch reduces the amount of work required to concentrate sample water for inspection with Ballast Eye, needing only a single pipe connection. MOL says that previously two or more specialists had to manually concentrate the sample water using a sampling net. The new unit is compact, lightweight, and requires no external power source. It is portable, and can be carried onboard in a backpack.

Demand for the Ballast Eye and Ballast Catch is expected to increase among government offices and shipping companies around the world that conduct inspections of ballast water, such as under Port State Control.

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