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

The 5th Regular BALMAS Meeting took place in Venice, Italy from 3rd until 5th of November 2015, on which the most outstanding achievements on the BALMAS project were presented. This meeting was co-organized by the Lead Partner - Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia and by the project partner FB5 – National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Marine Science (CNR-ISMAR) which hosted the meeting in the Institute in Venice.

 

The aims of the 5th Regular BALMAS meeting were:

  1. to discuss in detail the streaming and finalized activities, results and outputs in each Work Package,
  2. to have discussion with the members of Reference User and Advisory Group,
  3. to make a decision about prolongation of the BALMAS project,
  4. to define further activities in each Work Package till end of BALMAS project.

 

 

The first day was dedicated firstly to the Evaluation Report and Financial Report on the BALMAS project and the project prolongation request was extensively discussed. Then, progresses in the WP2 and WP3 were presented: External Communication and General Dissemination, Scientific and Professional dissemination, updates of BALMAS webpage (WP2); Knowledge centre and Capacity Building (WP3). Analysis of shipping patterns in the Adriatic Sea, BW discharge patterns in the Adriatic, BWM methods for vessels and BWM and sediment management options for ports and shipyards were also presented. At the end of the first day meeting and during the second day all BALMAS project partners were able to present their up to date work and results related to Port baseline survey. Improvement in the Monitoring in Ports protocol, HAOP impacts and BALMAS port sampling database were showed. Rapid responses and remediation measures and Develop and test EWS were debated.

 

 BALMAS project partners during one of the meeting session

 Figure 1: BALMAS project partners during one of the meeting session.

 

At the end of the second day and during the last day the RA DSS for BWM, BWM RA for exemptions – Pilot Action , BWS methods and tools , BWS for compliance monitoring – Pilot Action, BALMAS BWM DSS as the Adriatic BWM system, EWS – Pilot Action , Integrated BWM Plan for Adriatic , BWRS - EWS – BWM DSS information system, Legal and policy -Institutional - Financial sustainability were debated. A Workshop on BWM Strategy for Adriatic was also organized as conclusion of the meeting. The second day ended with the projection of the official BALMAS documentary realized by an expert in charged of this mission, and thanks to the collaboration of each partner that took part to the video with interviews and sampling activities.

 

 

The 5th BALMAS meeting event was published on the local newspaper Nuova Venezia and is also available within our Knowledge Center using this link.

 

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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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