Experiencing These Challenges? Here's why.
Ballast water discharge is a well-known ecological problem. Essentially, ballast water is released in geographical zones far from where it was originally collected.
The international maritime authorities (IMO – International Maritime Organization) have instituted measures to limit the ecological, economic and health risks of ballast water discharge.
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.
How can 2nd Generation ATP® monitoring help to mitigate these challenges?
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.
We have developed a test kit for ballast water to verify that it conforms to international maritime regulations.
Using 2nd Generation ATP® to confirm water quality compliance
Based on our expertise in ATP test, we have partnered with the SGS laboratory (world leader in analysis and certification) to develop a complete solution for ballast water diagnostics, including:
- an extraction method (ATPREP Beads Extraction) that ensures complete extraction of the cellular ATP present in marine organisms, including those protected by a mineral shell, a rigid exoskeleton or a tough outer wall (crustaceans, diatoms, microalgae, etc.).
- a second generation microbiological analysis kit (BW 2G Refill) designed to detect ATP in high-salt samples (up to 300‰ NaCl or 300 PSU (Practical Salinity Units)) and equipped with a two-membrane microfiltration system (50 µm or 10 µm pore size) to separate organisms by size category (greater than 50 µm; between 10 and 50 µm; less than 10 µm).
- a certified standard protocol enabling the user to determine within 12 minutes whether ballast water (treated or untreated) complies with ballast water standards.
Recommended Test Kit
The B-QUA kit was developed and scientifically validated to indicate the number of living organisms in ballast water. It can be used on board of vessels and to provide clear indications of compliance or non-compliance with the discharge regulations regarding international standards as IMO and USCG. This new method is a part of the ballast water management plan. The ballast water kit provides materials to perform 100 analyses for each fraction: zooplankton (≥50µm), phytoplankton (≥10-<50µm) and bacteria.