BALMAS - Adria Wealth Project

Project

BALMAS
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
Strategic
Interviewee
Andreja Popit
Interviewee role
Project Coordinator
Organization
Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia
E-mail
andreja.popit@izvrs.si
Telephone
+ 386 (0)1 4775 359
Project website
www.balmas.eu
Budget in euros
7.157.158,11

Partners

Role Name City Country Contact Person Email /website
Lead Partner Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia Ljubljana Slovenia Andreja Popit   andreja.popit@izvrs.si / www.izvrs.si/
Partner 1 National Institute of Biology – Marine Biology Station Piran Slovenia Vesna Flander Putrle   flander@mbss.org  
Partner 2 Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Coast Guard Headquarters Rome   Italy   Cosmo Forte   cosmo.forte@mit.gov.it
Partner 3 Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research Rome   Italy Erika Magaletti   erika.magaletti@isprambiente.it
Partner 4 Marine Research Centre Foundation Cesenatico Italy Anna Milandri   anna.milandri@centroricerchemarine.it
Partner 5 National Research Council (CNR) – Institute of Marine Sciences Ancona   Italy   Mauro Marini   m.marini@ismar.cnr.it  
Partner 6 OGS National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics Sgonico   Italy   Marina Cabrini   mcabrini@inogs.it  
Partner 8 Ministry of the Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Zagreb   Croatia   Igor Radić   igor.radic@pomorstvo.hr  
Partner 9 University of Dubrovnik Dubrovnik   Croatia Marijana Pećarević marijana.pecarevic@unidu.hr  
Partner 10 Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries Split   Croatia Živana Ninčević Gladan nincevic@izor.hr  
Partner 11 Ruđer Bošković Institute Center for Marine Research Rovinj   Croatia Romina Kraus   kraus@cim.irb.hr  
Partner 12 MARE NOSTRUM Croatian Shipowners' Association Zagreb   Croatia   Maja Markovčić Kostelac   director@csamarenostrum.hr
Partner 13 University of Mostar Faculty of Civil Engineering Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina Gordan Prskalo gordan.prskalo@tel.net.ba
Partner 14 Montenegro Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs Maritime Safety Department Bar   Montenegro   Darinka Joksimovic   nina.joksimovic@pomorstvo.me  
Partner 15 University of Montenegro – Institute of Marine Biology Kotor   Montenegro   Dragana Drakulović   ddragana@t-com.me
Partner 16 Agriculture University of Tirana Tirane   Albania   Jerina Kolitari   j.kolitari@gmail.com  

Project Description

Description

Project description

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.