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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ABOUT

BALMAS - Ballast water management for Adriatic Sea protection

In November 2013 the Strategic Project BALMAS: BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ADRIATIC SEA PROTECTION started and will end in March 2016. The project involves 17 Partners and 7 Associate Partners from 6 countries around the Adriatic Sea. The Leading Partner is Institute for water of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

 

 

Project BALMAS addresses the protection from ballast water pollution in the Adriatic area, and risk prevention and protection and enhancement of the marine and coastal environment. The project addresses the problem of Ballast Water, which are necessary for safe navigation, but on the other hand represent a prominent vector for the transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (HAOP) across natural barriers. In 2004 the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) was adopted to provide a globally uniform Ballast Water Management (BWM) approach, and is now nearing entry into force. As the ballast water issue is very complex, the implementation of the BWM Convention is far from being simple. Adriatic countries recognised that the Ballast Water issue is very critical and complex, and that a key barrier is the lack of data (e.g. the presence and invasiveness of HAOP in Adriatic ports, Ballast Water uptake and discharge activities, sediment disposal, chemical pollution with Ballast Water) and knowledge (e.g. port baselines and monitoring, Ballast Water sampling for compliance control, risk assessment, how to deal with non-compliant vessels, early warning system, effectiveness of BWM systems and measures) to enable Adriatic countries to implement BWM Convention requirements through a common BWM plan, and provide for effectiveness with a Decision Support System (DSS). A strategic common cross-border approach was recognised to be crucial also because of shared, specific, vulnerable, economically important, semi-enclosed environment, in which HAOP as well as international shipping cannot be limited by political borders. The BALMAS proposal integrates necessary activities to enable a long-term, environmentally efficient, and financially and maritime transport sustainable implementation of Ballast Water Management measures in the Adriatic. Thus, the port baseline surveys in 12 biggest ports in the Adriatic already have started. This will be followed by ballast water sampling and monitoring in ports.

 

The general BALMAS objective is a common cross-border System linking all Adriatic research, experts and national responsible authorities to avoid the unwanted risk to the environment and humans from the transfer of HAOP, through the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments.

 

Also an Early Warning System for ships and the competent authorities will be established for environmental protection in case in the ports will be identified HAOP, in purpose to maximise environmental protection and protection of all sea users and to minimise or eliminate the transfer of HAOP with ballast waters. This will enable Adriatic countries to implement the requirements of the International Convention for the Control and Management of ships' ballast water and sediment.

 

Two regular meetings of the project partners have been performed so far, first in January 2014 in Piran (Slovenia), and second in April 2014 in Split (Croatia). The third will follow in October 2014 in Kotor (Montenegro).

 

More information about the project, project partners and ongoing activities are available on the project website www.balmas.eu.

 

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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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