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The Dirty Truth About Ballast Water Exchange

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 27, 2015 9:49:29 AM


The inadvertent transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in a vessel’s ballast water has been determined to have caused a significant adverse impact to many of the world’s coastal regions. Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, including plants, animals, viruses, and bacteria that can cause extensive ecological and economic damage to aquatic ecosystems.

The international maritime community, with the support of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed several new regulations to help prevent the introduction of unwanted organisms. However, competent maritime authorities have a very limited capability to monitor vessel’s compliance to this rule. Without Satellite AIS data, authorities are often left with little to no information to link a probable culprit to the incident.

We've put together an infographic that illustrates the impacts of ballast water discharge and why it's so important to monitor vessels' compliance to ballast water exchange in the designated areas for marine environment protection.
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Topics: Ballast Water Exchange, ocean environment, marine environment

Fighting the Impacts of Global Shipping on our Oceans

Posted by Nicole Schill on Apr 22, 2015 9:20:00 AM

90% of world trade is carried across our oceans by over 150,000 ships.

Without ships the import and export of goods on the scale necessary for the modern world would not be possible. According to the International Chamber of Shipping there are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The ebb and flow of goods in the world market mirrors the waves of the very waterways delivering them. But what does this increase in activity mean to the health of one of our greatest resources?

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Topics: Ballast Water Exchange, Environmental Protection, Marine Protected Areas, Mapping Oceans, Ship Tracking, Ocean, Vessel Monitoring, shipping data, Ship Monitoring, preserving oceans, ocean environment, protecting oceans, marine environment, ocean protection

What Role can Satellite AIS Play in Ballast Water Exchange?

Posted by Peggy Browning on Nov 23, 2011 3:00:00 PM

The inadvertent transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in a vessel’s ballast water has been determined to have caused a significant adverse impact to many of the world’s coastal regions. The international maritime community, with the support of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed several new regulations to help prevent the introduction of unwanted organisms. These new regulations state that vessels are required to exchange their ballast in the open ocean (1000m deep). However this rule may result in vessels burning extra fuel and time if the transit area does not normally require open ocean passage such as from the US East Coast into the Great lakes. Competent maritime authorities currently have a very limited capability to monitor vessel’s compliance to this rule.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Ballast Water Exchange, Illegal Reporting

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