Performance Verification Statement for the Ballast-Check 2. Version: 2015 (Turner Designs).
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In an effort to mitigate the risk of transporting aquatic nuisance species, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has finalized a rule limiting the concentrations of organisms in ships’ ballast water discharged into US ports (US Coast Guard 2012). The specified concentrations are nearly identical (with the exception of not including limits for Vibrio cholerae in zooplankton samples) to those in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) convention (IMO 2004). Further, the limits are consistent with those in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit (VGP)—regulations on a suite of vessel operations, including the discharge of ballast water (US EPA 2013). In order to meet these limits, most ships will use a ballast water management system (BWMS). These systems incorporate a variety of technologies (including filtration, UV radiation, electrolytic chlorination, and deoxygenation) to ensure that the discharge water meets the specifications. Determining c.....
PublisherAlliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT)
Series;NrACT VS; 17-08
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
Standard Operating Procedure
CitationFirst, M.R.; Riley, S.C.; Robbins-Wamsley, S.H.; Molina, V.; Johengen, T.; Purcell, H.; Smith, G.J. Reavie, E.; Carney, K.; Moser, CS.; Buckley, E.N.; Tamburri, M.N. and Drake, L.A. (2015) Performance Verification Statetment for the Ballast-Check 2. Version: 2015 (Turner Designs). Solomons, MD, Alliance for Coastal Technologies, 32pp. (ACT VS17-08). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-291
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