North Sea Ballast Water Opportunity
Start date: Dec 31, 2008,
End date: Dec 30, 2013
Ships ballast water is a main source of acute and chronic pollution in the North Sea. The project aims to improve the North Sea environment and economy by facilitating the ratification of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC). The implementation of the BWMC creates a new market for innovative products; Ballast Water Opportunity aims to support the NSR industry to enter this market. It encourages the ratification of the BWMC through reducing a major barrier: providing treatment and detection equipment. As a result common certification standards for BWT will be defined, which will stimulate technological development to comply and enforce the BWMC. Achievements: • Model regulation for enforcement, best practice and synthesis on economical, ecological, scientific and technological barriers and opportunities; • A public private centre for transfer of knowledge and expertise on Ballast Water Treatment systems; a test bed for certification of BWT; • A public private centre for transfer of knowledge and expertise on Detection of organisms in ballast water, a feasibility of tool development; • Information portal on best practice/opportunities for mitigation of marine bio-invasive species and models; recommendations on legislation opportunities.
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