Why test ballast water?
Our solutions for your BMWS
Wageningen Marine Research offers producers of ballast water management systems a complete package of research and dossier preparation for the testing and assessment of their systems. The assessment will be performed in the context of certification, in accordance with the guidelines of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV).
In addition to the standardised certification tests, Wageningen Marine Research can also assist in R&D research of prototypes and testing of systems under special circumstances in which the characteristics of the test water can be adjusted as desired.
Preparation of dossiers (Basic Approval en Final Approval)
Wageningen Marine Research can assist you in preparing the Basic Approval and Final Approval dossier for the IMO. We are a member of the Control Union Certification Independent Laboratory which guides the creation of USCG dossier. We can conduct the land-based ballast water tests and WET tests for you.
Pilot system tests
Wageningen Marine Research can perform smaller-scale R&D tests of your pilot system to determine how effective the system is under different circumstances and when approriate, how improvements could be implemented. The Basic Approval tests can also be performed during these pilot tests.
Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing
Under IMO G9 guidelines, ballast water systems that use a biocide also require toxicity testing during the pilot (Basic Approval) and for the Type Approval (Final Approval). Wageningen Marine Research can perform these WET (Whole Effluent Toxicity) tests and organise associated analysis of the DBPs (Desinfection ByProducts) for you. The process is slightly different for the US Coast Guard, but the IMO documents will be accepted.
Testing on land: Type Approval (IMO G8)
We can perform the land-based tests with any type of water for the Type Approval of your ballast water management system. We do not perform shipboard testing ourselves, but we can bring you in contact with companies that have expertise in this area, or organise it for you.
In addition to testing systems in accordance with established IMO and USCG standards we can also determine the efficacy limits of a BWMS. We can test systems using a series of extra challenging water characteristics such as high Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) or suspended solids concentrations, winter conditions, or extreme plankton concentrations. Although it is not required under current legislation, this may yield valuable information for producers and potential customers.
Our testing facility can also be used to test the effectiveness of filters and filtration systems and to conduct comparison tests between different types of filters.
Since 2006, a team of experts at Wageningen Marine Research has been involved with the risk assessment of ballast water treatment systems that make use of active ingredients as established in IMO guideline G9. In that time, several BWMS have been tested using different bioanalyses.
From 2009, the research into BWMS has been expanded with efficacy tests that are conducted in accordance with IMO guideline G8 at the laboratory and realistic scales at a testing facility on land.
Our team of experts in the area of ecology, biology, and ecotoxicology will ensure that all requirements in IMO and/or USCG guidelines are satisfied. The team works closely together with certified laboratories for the required chemical and bacteriological analyses.
Wageningen Marine Research is part of the Control Union Certification Independent Laboratory (CUC-IL).
In 2020, the following dossiers have been completed and approved, for which we carried out the land-based tests in cooperation with CUC-IL:
- Kuraray, Microfade II: IMO & USCG type approval
- JFE Engineering Corporation, BallastAce: USCG type approval