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Encyclopedia of Marine and Energy Technology

Ballast water management


Various measures to prevent, minimize and ultimately eliminate the risk of introduction of harmful marine organisms within ballast water. Ballast water management includes the ballast water exchange at sea as well as the ballast water treatment by mechanical, physical, chemical or biological processes, either singularly or in combination. Compliance with the ballast water performance standard (regulation D-2 of the BWM Convention) seems to be achievable only by use of a Ballast Water Treatment System.

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