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Global Maritime Transport and Ballast Water Management: Issues and Solutions

  • Introduces the reader to the ballast water issue from maritime transport and biological aspects, offering both sides to achieve an improved understanding in this and other fields
  • Gives detailed new insights and analyses of ballast water management from maritime, biological and regulatory aspects
  • Offers recommendations for an efficient ballast water management, including decision support systems as latest unique approach and tool in this field

Series: Invading Nature - Springer Series in Invasion Ecology Volume: 8

By: Matej David(Editor), Stephan Gollasch(Editor), Miguel Palomares(Foreword By)

306 pages, 71 colour photos and illustrations, 28 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Nov 2014 | #217455 | ISBN-13: 9789401793667
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Ballast water management is a complex subject with many issues and still limited knowledge, however, it is building up on new scientific researches and practical experience. The Ballast Water Management Convention is the global legal framework which still needs to be implemented. Global Maritime Transport and Ballast Water Management brings together a long-term and newest experience from practical work, scientific research, administration and policy involvements, offering unique insights to readers who would like to learn more about this subject. It also provides recommendations and practical solutions especially important for professionals, administrations and organizations in the process of the implementation of this Ballast Water Management Convention.


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Vessels and Ballast Water
Chapter 3. The Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens with Ballast Water and their Impacts
Chapter 4. Policy and Legal Framework and the Current Status of Ballast Water Management Requirements
Chapter 5. Ballast Water Management under the Ballast Water Management Convention
Chapter 6. Ballast Water Management Systems for Vessels
Chapter 7. Risk Assessment in Ballast Water Management
Chapter 8. Ballast Water Sampling and Sample Analysis for Compliance Control
Chapter 9. Ballast Water Management Decision Support System
Chapter 10. Ballast Water Management Decision Support System Model Application
Chapter 11. Overall Conclusions on the Ballast Water Issue and its Management Options

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Matej David (PhD) has background in shipping/maritime transport, he is ships officer, continued his career at a university starting as assistant and researcher, became professor and leader of different projects. In his doctoral degree he developed a ballast water management decision support system, which is the first worldwide in this field. Dr. David lectured different subjects on maritime transport, his research focus for more then 15 years was on the ballast water issue, risk assessment and management, decision support systems, and in general maritime transport and environmental issues. He was for different years consulted by the Slovenian government on these subjects, involved in regional and subregional activities, attended IMO MEPC, BLG and BWWG meetings when the BWM Convention and guidelines were prepared and adopted, and contributed to the GESAMP BWWG. He now runs his own consultancy company being involved in different international projects, consultancies include international organisations (e.g., IMO, WWF, HELCOM), training of maritime authorities in Europe and abroad, shipboard tests of ballast water management systems, and research of ballast water management and sampling methods on merchant vessels worldwide.

Stephan Gollasch (PhD) is a marine biologist with more than 20 years experience in various ballast water related subjects. His doctoral degree was based upon the first European ship sampling programme on ballast water, tank sediments and ship hull fouling, which was also world-wide the first thesis based on ship sampling. Dr. Gollasch became a member of several international working groups, e.g., ICES, IMO, BMB and the GESAMP BWWG. In addition to laboratory and desk studies he sampled ballast water of more than 250 vessels during several ship sampling programmes. As an independent scientific advisor he runs his own consultancy company since 1999 and is today involved in projects related to biological invasions (e.g. ballast water treatment, ship sampling, risk assessment). Other contracts include German ministries, the German Federal Agency for Shipping and Hydrography, IMO, HELCOM, EMSA and European Commission. He was involved in several EU-funded projects and has undertaken performance tests of several ballast water treatment systems on different merchant vessels.

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