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One of the biggest vectors for aquatic invasive species is via the vast amount of ships’ ballast water that is moved around the world annually. It is estimated that there are 7,000 ocean hitchhikers being transported every hour of every day! To tackle this problem the Ballast Water Management Convention has recently been ratified to enforce water treatment and testing before discharge.
Chelsea Technologies Group, with over 50 years' experience monitoring phytoplankton, were awarded a grant to develop a method for measuring very low concentrations of phytoplankton cells to monitor if ballast water treatment systems are working effectively. As a result, the FastBallast Compliance Monitoring Systems are now capable of determining the phytoplankton cell density of ballast water at the IMO D2 & USCG Discharge Standards (10 to 50 µm range) with a higher degree of confidence than laboratory analysis.
FastBallast is available in 2 separate solutions; a Discrete Sample Compliance Monitor and as an Integrated Compliance Monitor. FastBallast’s cutting edge design enables such a rapid and detailed analysis that it is the only technology capable of operating in a flow-through mode, while providing a high degree of accuracy with a representative report on discharge compliance. These easy to use devices are leading the way to effective enforcement of the Convention and will help dramatically reduce the impact of invasive species worldwide.
For more information contact: Stephanie Lavelle