BALLAST WATER


Ballast water transferred by vessels is recognized by the United Nations as a prominent vector for transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens across natural barriers.


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Volume of Ballast Water


The volume of Ballast Water discharged in the Adriatic Sea ports is above 10 million tons per year.


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NON-INDIGENOUS SPECIES


In the whole Adriatic region 190 non-indigenous species were registred by Zenetos et al. (2010).


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INTEGRATING ACTIVITIES


The BALMAS project integrates all necessary activities to enable a long-term, environmentally efficient and financially and maritime transport sustainable implementation of ballast water management measures in the Adriatic.


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AVOIDING UNWANTED RISKS


Within BALMAS we will establish a common cross-border system linking all Adriatic research, experts and national responsible authorities in order to avoid the unwanted risks to the environment and humans from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of ships’ ballast waters and sediments.


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BALMAS - Ballast water management for Adriatic Sea protection

This intensive meeting is yet another opportunity for all partners to meet and exchange knowledge and ideas. We will dedicate our time to workshops where port baseline surveys, early warning system and ballast water management, sampling tools and approaches will be highlighted in the first half of the meeting.

Institute for water of the Republic of Slovenia, Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) and Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries from Split, Croatia will lead all the workshops. Second half of the meeting will be dedicated to sustainability and communication and dissemination. National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran, Slovenia will join the mentioned institutions in giving presentations. Rudjer Boškovic Institute – Center for Marine Research from Rovinj, Croatia; Mare Nostrum – Association of Croatian Shipowners; Ministry of the Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure from Croatia and National Research Council – Institute of Marine Sciences from Italy will be among our lecturers. See you in Split for a hopefully yet another fruitful event! All files will be downloadable from our Knowledge Center.

 

Update - 16th of April 2014

10/04/14 Strategic BALMAS project 2ndRegular Meeting in Split, Croatia in April 2014

Second Regular Meeting of the BALMAS project took place from April 8th until April 10th 2014 in the Diocletian Palace in Split, Croatia. Meeting was organized by the Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia and hosted by the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in Split.The aims of the meeting related to planned workshops, to discuss current activities, results and outputs related to work packages, to improve internal project management, reporting requirements and to have discussions with the members of Reference User and Advisory Group.

 

Project partners had as well discussed about fruitful progress of the BALMAS project in the first two reporting periods and afterwards they had discussed proposed ideas for future improved collaboration and resolved open questions. Since the last Regular BALMAS Meeting which took place in Piran, Slovenia in the middle of January 2014, a great amount of work had been carried out related to specific work packages. As the first sampling related to port baseline survey is approaching very fast, the sampling procedure was a frontline discussion. Accordingly, final improvements regarding the BALMAS Port Baseline Survey Protocol were discussed. Major progress was done related to the first two activities of work package 6 for which two final reports were written: Review of Early Warning Systems worldwide and Review of Marine Strategy Framework Directive concerning Descriptor 2 – Non- indigenous species. Risk assessment in the ballast water management and ballast water sampling techniques were presented for all partners during the workshop of the WP7 in order to be able to initialize this part of the project activities in the near future.

 

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BALMAS

NEWS

 

15 November

16th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 16th (last) progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
20-22 September

BALMAS FINAL MEETING

BALMAS final meeting in Piran, Slovenia.

 

30 June

15th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 15th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

4-6 May

BALMAS MEETING

6th regular BALMAS meeting in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 
30 April

14th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 14th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
31 January

13th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 13th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
30 November

12th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 12th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
3-5 November

BALMAS MEETING

5th regular BALMAS meeting in Venice, Italy.

 

31 October

11th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 11th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

30 June

10th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 10th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

27 May

BALMAS INFO DAY

BALMAS Info Day, Bar, Montenegro

 

30 April

9th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 9th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

22-26 March

BALMAS MEETING

4th regular BALMAS meeting in Durres, Albania.

 

31 January

8th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 8th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

31 December

7th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 7th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

30 November

6th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 6th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

31 October

5th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 5th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

7-9 October

BALMAS MEETING

3rd regular BALMAS meeting in Kotor, Montenegro

30 September

4th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 4th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

27 September

TRIESTE NEXT

BALMAS presented at the 3rd edition of this open lab event.

17-18 September

Workshop in Piran, Slovenia

2-day workshop on ballast water sampling and analysis

15 September

4th ACTIVITY REPORT

Deadline for sending the 4th activity report by e-mail to the Lead Partner.

30June

3rd report deadline

Activity Report and Financial Report to be submitted

5June

BALMAS info day in Ancona

BALMAS info day in Ancona

7May

FIRST SAMPLING

First sampling of sediments in the Piran gulf

30April

PROGRESS REPORT

2nd project progress report due

8-10April

2nd BALMAS MEETING

2nd balmas project meeting

14-16January

BALMAS KICK-OFF MEETING

Kick-off meeting at the National institute of Biology, Marine biology station in Piran, Slovenia! General presentations about the balmas project, meeting of the whole project group.

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