Faced with a variety of requirements to meet new environmental compliance, specifically ship and port based ballast water management practices, the maritime industry needs new tools, methods, and skills for biological reporting. Crewmembers are critical to compliance actions, and crews change frequently, so training must be consistently available. Utilizing innovative prognostic tools to ensure water quality standards are met, these market needs are international, universal; with the lowest cost of operations achieved by consistent application of optimized best practices..
The Maritime Industry is in Transition
The Ballast Water Channel is an online capability providing concise, packaged BW information, directed at the individual requirements of crew members, port state control officials, and ship’s BW operations (all officers and crew). These stakeholders are the most affected party to these new regulations, but the least represented. This platform is a “Ballast Water-Compliance Support System (BW-CSS). All versions are copyrighted, and the educational titles are updated frequently and based upon topics to meet individual job requirements. The Ballast Water Channel is the main brand, and there are variations of the education, training, records and documentation requirements for different needs: My Port, Ballast Water Channel- Personal, and because crew training records are part of the vessel’s required documentation of managed ballast water, the downloadable onboard version, called My Ship, combines these capabilities into a software product which has a ballast water management plan, all required training titles, crew records, ballast water record/reporting forms, and other BW compliance requirements.
Water quality is part of environmental objectives in ports, coastal areas, and are impacted by many factors of new source contaminants. Ships ballast water is thousands of cubic meters, and regulations of the IMO and the US Coast Guard also state that no harm can be caused to the marine environment due to BW discharges. A ship, crew, and port state can use many prognostic measurements to ascertain successful BW management practices. The QwikLiteTM 200 Biosensor System and test kits, measures any contaminants at harmful levels in ballast water discharges. This simple BW testing is the only marine, live species test, with a 4-hour response, to ensure the correct functioning of the BWTS to contaminant discharges. Documentation of results a level of consistency, less concern for additional costs in terms of money, disruption, discomfort, and operations. This, and measurements are validation and operational performance testing of the ballast water treatment systems installed on ships.
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The Ballast Water Channel is created and produced with the philosophy that compliance must be a level playing field. Second, crewmembers are critical to compliance actions, and crews change frequently so training must be consistently available. In addition, English might be a second language, and training materials need to be aimed at a high school education level. Third, the lowest cost of operations is achieved by consistent application of best practices. These best management practices should be shared equally and rapidly by the industry. We should point out that this site does not recommend a specific ballast water Treatment Technology, nor does it replace vendor equipment training. It is not a Discussion forum, but a place for ballast water management resources, as well as Industry recommended topics. We will make sure you are frequently updated.