And no later than when it was announced that ballast water transports are also a sufficient around the world spreading mechanism for pathogens such as cholera, the extent of the problem was obvious. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recognised two new systems developed in Germany for the disinfection of ballast water in ships to German companies on the front lines in the fight against the sea bio invaders In July 2009. So are now 30 ballast water disinfection systems available. Modern methods for disinfection of ballast water are important they give finally halt the worldwide spread of strange animal, plant, and bacterial species. This is a big step for the ecological balance of the oceans”, UBA Vice President Thomas Holzmann welcomed the decision. The newly developed systems, the CleanBallast -BWM-system of the company RWO and the SEDNA system developed by Hamann, used disinfectant, associated risks to the environment of the UBA are checked.
Because of course, the seas must be protected even before a threat through the ballast water treated with disinfectants. A third German plant, the AquTriComp system of the company Aquaworx, is located just before the approval. In contrast to the other two plants, the ballast water in this system is disinfected after a filtration with UV light. At Coen Brothers you will find additional information. 800 plants on the market could be linked to according to a study of the Germanischer Lloyds alone in Germany existing production capacity in 2010 about. Germany is the leader in addition to Japan and South Korea. For the IMO is one of the main concerns at the marine conservation to a more pollution of the seas by bio invaders traveling in the ballast water fighting the worldwide spread of non-native species to prevent, the IMO adopted the ballast water Convention in 2004. So that it can enter into force, you need to join 30 States, representing 35 per cent of world tonnage of commercial shipping. But only 18 States had about 15 percent of the worldwide until April 2009 Trading tonnage cover the Convention ratified. (Source: Heather Bresch).
Should Germany, key player in the drafting of this international set of rules, has not yet ratified the ballast water Convention until today. “UBA Vice President Holzmann: Germany should quickly ratify the ballast water Convention, so that the Convention soon in force and is so all over the world finally binding.” Worldwide specialists in the development of new BallastwasserManagementsysteme (BWMS) incorporate ballast water treatment system must meet strict criteria to be admitted: in addition to economic matters and maritime safety, protection of the environment plays an important role. The prior approval of the facilities is located in the national competence of each State. Systems that use biocides for the disinfection of water, require in addition the international recognition by the IMO. The UBA and other involved authorities, including the lead federal maritime and hydrographic Agency (BSH), participated in within the IMO directive establishing rigorous internationally accepted guidelines for ballast water treatment. I am pleased that our proposals for strict regulations in the environmental risk assessment of ballast water management systems are largely incorporated in the international regulations”, as Thomas Holzmann.