Ballast Water Management System for Adriatic Sea protection
- Priority and Measure
Measure 2.1 – Protection and Enhancement of the Marine and Coastal Environment
Priority 2 - Natural and cultural resources and risk prevention
- EUSAIR Pillars
- Environmental quality, blue growth
- Type of Project
- Andreja Popit
- Interviewee role
- Project Coordinator
- Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia
- + 386 (0)1 4775 359
- Project website
- Budget in euros
|Role||Name||City||Country||Contact Person||Email /website|
|Lead Partner||Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia||Ljubljana||Slovenia||Andreja Popitfirstname.lastname@example.org / www.izvrs.si/|
|Partner 1||National Institute of Biology – Marine Biology Station||Piran||Slovenia||Vesna Flander Putrleemail@example.com|
|Partner 2||Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – Coast Guard Headquarters||Rome||Italy||Cosmo Fortefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 3||Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research||Rome||Italy||Erika Magalettiemail@example.com|
|Partner 4||Marine Research Centre Foundation||Cesenatico||Italy||Anna Milandrifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 5||National Research Council (CNR) – Institute of Marine Sciences||Ancona||Italy||Mauro Mariniemail@example.com|
|Partner 6||OGS National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics||Sgonico||Italy||Marina Cabrinifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 8||Ministry of the Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure||Zagreb||Croatia||Igor Radićemail@example.com|
|Partner 9||University of Dubrovnik||Dubrovnik||Croatia||Marijana Pećarevićfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 10||Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries||Split||Croatia||Živana Ninčević Gladanemail@example.com|
|Partner 11||Ruđer Bošković Institute – Center for Marine Research||Rovinj||Croatia||Romina Krausfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 12||MARE NOSTRUM – Croatian Shipowners' Association||Zagreb||Croatia||Maja Markovčić Kostelacemail@example.com|
|Partner 13||University of Mostar – Faculty of Civil Engineering||Mostar||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Gordan Prskalofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 14||Montenegro Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs – Maritime Safety Department||Bar||Montenegro||Darinka Joksimovicemail@example.com|
|Partner 15||University of Montenegro – Institute of Marine Biology||Kotor||Montenegro||Dragana Drakulovićfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Partner 16||Agriculture University of Tirana||Tirane||Albania||Jerina Kolitariemail@example.com|
Common cross-border Ballast Water Management System was established to avoid the unwanted risk to the environment and humans from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens (HAOP) through the control and management of ships’ ballast water and sediments. Better protection from the unwanted impacts of HAOP was achieved by developing the joint Ballast Water Management Decision Support System, Ballast Water Management Plan and Ballast Water Management Strategy for the Adriatic. BALMAS project ensured uniform Ballast Water Management requirements to ease shipping and maximize environmental and economic protection of all sea users.
What has been done during the project to achieve its main goal(s)?
State-of-the-art information on ballast water and ballast water management and related developments in research and regulatory areas were provided in the Adriatic and at the wider European level.
Adriatic ballast water operations and vessel patterns together with innovative treatment solutions were identified. Port baseline surveys and monitoring were conducted to obtain information about the presence and negative effects of HAOP. Possible multiple use of data obtained for ballast water management purposes was considered.
An integrated electronic ballast water management and decision support system was set up, which allows vessel reporting on intended ballast water management operations – including an early warning system to alert vessels and environmental protection authorities when HAOP are identified in ports. Integrated ballast water management in all Adriatic ports was developed along with ballast water management.
Different guidelines for the implementation of common methods and approaches in different actions were prepared, and cross-border training and capacity building was provided. Pilot actions were provided to enable transfer of knowledge to all Adriatic areas.
Which are the project main results/impacts?
Results/Impact 1: THE BALMAS HAOP APPLICATION
Port Baseline Surveys, Port Monitoring and Ballast Water Sampling in 12 Adriatic ports were uploaded into the internet BALMAS HAOP application. The application supports obtaining information about the presence and negative effects of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in the Adriatic Sea. Provided results are the input information for the early warning system and risk assessment decision support system.
Results/Impact 2: THE BALMAS GIS APPLICATION
Allows to review the ballast water management related spatial data (vessel path lines, maritime traffic density maps, world port salinity data, ballast water exchange distances, ballast water donor locations) for selected Adriatic ports and other publicly available ballast water management related layers as well as large marine ecosystems and non-spatial data. The GIS application makes it possible to follow historic vessel movements in the Adriatic Sea.
Results/Impact 3: THE INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THE ADRIATIC
It allows vessel reporting on intended ballast water operations, including an early warning system to alert vessels and environmental protection authorities when HAOP are identified in ports. The system also includes a decision support system for vessel compliance monitoring as well as risk assessment to determine ballast water management solutions according to the risk identified.
Results/Impact 4: THE INTEGRATED OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT (BWM) IN THE ADRIATIC
The Integrated Operational Plan for ballast water management in the Adriatic is a practical regional framework for implementing the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments in the countries along the Adriatic Sea. The aim of the plan is to provide regional activities that need to be implemented in order to mitigate the transfer of HAOPs with ships’ ballast water.
Results/Impact 5: THE BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY FOR THE ADRIATIC
The strategy provides an effective regional framework and improves regional cooperation. The proposed measures consider and support long-term sustainable and coordinated cross-border cooperation through institutional communication channels, a build-up of institutional capacities and response capabilities with a main goal to protect sensitive areas and activities that may be at risk from marine biological invasions. Harmonized measures to increase awareness were anticipated, especially those to be implemented by the national maritime administrations.