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

During XXII A.I.O.L (Associazione Italiana di Oceanologia e Limnologia) Congress held in Verbania (Italy) from September 28th to October 1st, a poster entitled “Viable planktonic organisms transferred via ships’ ballast water into the Gulf of Trieste (NE Adriatic Sea)” and presented by Walter Dellisanti won the “the best poster award” reserved to young researchers.

 

 Figure 1: Prof. Luigi Naselli Flores, President of AIOL, declarated Walter Dellisanti winner for the best poster award.

 

The research performed by Dellisanti and the other OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale) co-authors (Cinzia Fabbro, Federica Cerino, Alessandra De Olazabal, Elena Di Poi, Daniela Fornasaro, Antonio Montanari, Michele Giani and Marina Cabrini), was focused on sampling of 10 ships’ ballast tanks coming into the Port of Trieste (NE Adriatic Sea) in the framework of the BALMAS (Ballast water Management for Adriatic Sea protection) project, in order to estimate and identify viable phyto- and zooplankton organisms (see video here)and to assess the occurrence of potential pathogenic bacteria.

 

 Figure 2: Walter Dellisanti at work during ballast water sampling.

 

Viable planktonic organisms were found in all ships’ ballast waters, confirming the role of BW as transfer mechanism for aquatic organisms. The results suggest that the taxonomic identification of planktonic organisms is fundamental to assess real risks concerning BW Exchange. The transfer of HAOP (Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens) and uncommon species by ships in the Gulf of Trieste could affect the coastal marine environment, leading unwanted ecological, economic and human-health effects.

 

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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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