Ballast Water Monitoring Solutions

    Ballast Water Monitoring Solution

  • BWM - IMO compliance for discharged ballast water
  • Size-specific analysis of micro-organisms
  • Detection of planktonic organisms with rigid cell walls
  • Evaluation of ballast water treatment
  • On-site analysis that requires no special training

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aqua-tools Ballast Water Monitoring Solutions has developed an ATP 2G-based rapid microbiological analysis protocol for ballast water to verify that it conforms to international maritime regulations.

Introduction to the rapid monitoring solution for ballast water, on board or in lab (PDF)

To ensure optimal seaworthiness, many cargo ships and merchant ships these days are equipped with high capacity reservoirs in the hull (or double hull) for taking on large volumes of ocean water. The amount of this water, known as ballast, can be altered (by pumping or draining) depending on the weight of the load. Ballast enhances the stability and balance of a boat, whether it is empty, fully loaded or unequally loaded. Using ballast provides a major economic advantage because it enables the maximum amount of cargo to be transported while maintaining optimal buoyancy and seaworthiness, and therefore optimizes both speed and fuel consumption.

Ballast Water Monitoring Solutions

aqua-tools recommends the B-QUA kit, a rapid microbiological analysis kit for:

• Determining whether ballast water complies with regulatory standards before discharge into the ocean;

• Measuring the total biomass of the regulated categories for ballast water (organisms that are larger than 50 µm; between 10 and 50 µm; less than 10 µm);

• Evaluating the effectiveness of ballast water treatment strategies.

Publications (sur demande)

• Journal of Sea research - Bradie J et al. (2017) A shipboard comparison of analytic methods for ballast water compliance monitoring.

• Journal of Sea research - Lo Curto A et al. (2017) Ballast Water compliance monitoring: a new application for ATP.

• Journal of Sea research - Lo Curto A et al. (2017) Detection of UV-treatment effects on plankton by rapid analytic tools for ballast water compliance monitoring immediately following treatment

Ecological impact of Ballast Water discharge

Ballast water discharge is a well-known ecological problem. Essentially, ballast water is released in geographical zones far from where it was originally collected.

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Biological standards for Ballast Water

The international maritime authorities (IMO - International Maritime Organization) have instituted measures to limit the ecological, economic and health risks of ballast water discharge.

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Treatment and analysis of Ballast Water

Ships are required to physically or chemically treat ballast water regularly to kill any micro-organisms using certified technologies (that pose no risk to the environment) in order to comply with ballast water discharge standards.

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Using ATP 2G to confirm water quality compliance

Based on our expertise in ATPmetry, aqua-tools Ballast Water Monitoring Solutions has partnered with the SGS laboratory (world leader in analysis and certification) and LuminUltra (manufacturer specializing in ATPmetry) to develop a complete solution for ballast water diagnostics, including:

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