Sustainable Ballast Water Management Plant

Project Partner Objectives Workpackages Contact Go to BaWaPla PM


  • WP 1: Technological and regulatory review
    An extensive survey on the latest developments for Ballast Water treatment system design as well as the existing regulations and future indication of EU directives and international bodies such as IMO will be performed. Other relevant and crucial issues like the system's conformity to risk and safety regulations, cost effectiveness and compatibility with the ship's mission profile, size and design requirements will be identified and clearly quantified. Finally, an objective rationale for overall assessment and evaluation of Ballast Water treatment systems will be reported
  • WP 2: Electro-chemical technology
    A final treatment component without permanent active substances which kills the remaining bio load in the Ballast Water after conventional treatment technologies will be carried out. The electro-chemical technology is set out to avoid hazardous substances and procedures through electro-chemical in situ production of disinfectants, which are highly efficient for a short period of time before they dissolve. The small proportion of species (according to IMO's convention) that are left untreated behind the mechanical components of the research plant may merely be deactivated by the processed saltwater.
  • WP 3: Development of full-scale BaWaPla system
    The main target is to investigate, amend and alter the design in such a way that BaWaPla system could be successfully installed and operated onboard of a candidate ship. Classification societies will have to assess risk and safety issues which are explicitly or implicitly associated with BaWaPla system. Ultimately, the system must cope with real flow rate of Ballast Water pumps onboard the candidate vessel. Nevertheless, the treatment system must not directly or indirectly damage the environment more than it is going to remedy the harm caused by non-indigenous species and it must be an economically feasible system.
  • WP 4: Automation and integration of BaWaPla system
    In order to achieve the objectives, strategies and implementation for the controlling and automation interface connecting the ship, ship operations and the Ballast Water treatment plant will be developed. Algorithms will be performed which need to be tested later in a fluid dynamical simulation of ships ballasting procedures.
  • WP 5: BaWaPla full-scale ship installation and field tests
    The whole BaWaPla system will be assembled onboard of a ship. It will be assessed its biological effectiveness. The biological assessment and research on the sources of influencing Ballast Water treatment on the complex system 'Ship' will be carried out in the final stage of the project.

Supported by

6th Framework Programme of the European Commission