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Carine Magdo
Carine comes to LuminUltra with extensive knowledge in biology, the water treatment technical/systems field, and the global marine industry - making her our resident expert on ballast water monitoring. This knowledge, along with being a member of the new ISO standard for ballast water sampling and analysis, makes her an invaluable resource to shipping companies and Port Authorities as they navigate new regulations around ballast water sampling and testing. When she’s not on a plane travelling across countries on business or pleasure, she’s riding her horse “Azura” and fulfilling the role of VP of an Equestrian Tourism Association, in the Yvelines in France.

Reducing Legionella risks on cruise ships

The Global-Fleet Is Expected To Grow With 125 new cruise ships set to enter the world’s by 2027, boosting the number of ships to over 550 and providing capacity for about 40 million guests per year, maintaining passenger health is of great importance. While larger, newer passenger ferries and cruise ships have been built with… Read More

Keeping polar regions ecologically safe

This article was written in partnership with Seaborne Communications.   Ballast Water Management in the Arctic With a growing trend in expedition-type cruising and an increase in commercial shipping traffic navigating the Northern Sea Route and to a lesser extent the Northwest Passage, the need for the regular and accurate monitoring of a passenger vessel’s… Read More

Understanding the ballast water fractions

Ballast water monitoring is vital to preventing the spread of invasive species With more than 4,000 different organisms found in a ship’s ballast water tank, it’s no surprise why ballast water monitoring is vital to preventing the spread of these invasive species, and why the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires that all sizes of ballast… Read More

International Maritime Organization Answers Questions About The Ballast Water Management Convention

The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) entered into force globally on September 8, 2017. In a recent document, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) responded to frequently asked questions about the BWMC and its provisions, and what the entry into force means for international shipping. Here’s a brief summary. What is the Ballast Water Management Convention… Read More

EXMAR Ship Management Opts For LuminUltra to Verify Quality of Onboard Drinking Water

Belgium-headquartered EXMAR Ship Management has selected the LuminUltra Quench-Gone Aqueous (QGA) test kit to monitor the quality of the drinking water produced onboard the LPG FSO NKOSSAII. The decision follows the success of the QGA solution in analysing the quality of the water produced by reverse osmosis aboard accommodation barges operating offshore West Africa. Paul-Philippe… Read More

Ballast Water 101

When ships dock their cargo at a port, they must take on vast amounts of sea water to maintain their stability – ballast water – which is then dumped at the next destination when cargo is loaded onto the ship. While this is a standard practice within marine transportation, we now know that ballast water… Read More

Singapore MPA Selects Aqua-Tools (formerly a LuminUltra distributer) B-QUA Kit for Ballast Water Testing

French water microbiology expert aqua-tools (formerly a LuminUltra distributer) has won a tender to supply Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) with its B-QUA ballast water test kits. A public tender was issued in March inviting several companies to quote for supplying a number of kits to the MPA for use by both port and… Read More

Aqua-Tools’ (former distributer of LuminUltra) B-QUA To Be Used In Canadian Ballast Water Surveillance Program

The Government of Canada is testing aqua-tools’ (former distributer of LuminUltra) B-QUA ballast water sampling and monitoring kit for possible use in the Canadian ballast water surveillance program. The program is being led a research scientist from Fisheries and Oceans Canada out of the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, in Burlington, Ontario…. Read More

SGS Group Orders Advanced Ballast Water Monitoring Kits as Countries Look to Enforce Compliance

aqua-tools, the specialist in water microbiology, has delivered the first in series of 30 state-of-the-art Rapid ATP Ballast Water Monitoring Systems to SGS Group. The Geneva-based testing and certification body has agreements in place with several countries to inspect and monitor the treated ballast waters of vessels entering their ports, the latest of which is… Read More

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