The Project Characteristics

The major objective of the BSH project is twofold:





  • the development of representative sampling techniques and sampling procedures
  • the definition of adequate methods for rapid, onboard ballast water analysis


With these objectives the aim of the project is evident: adequate sampling technique and sampling procedure combined to analytics adequate with regard to the characteristics of the three organisms classes defined by the IMO and to the IMO ballast water quality standards as well, should enable port state controls to rapidly assess the compliance of the ballast water quality onboard ships.

Subsequently this project aim triggers the criteria for onboard sampling and analysis of ballast water: fast, robust and highly reliable methods and techniques.

While the BSH did not bind the development of the adequate sampling method to an already existing technology, the analytical methods, which should be investigated further within the frame of this project were clearly defined:

  • Fluorescein-diacetate (FDA) Fluorometry
  • Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) Fluorometry

After consultations with the BSH SGS decided to also investigate these analytical methods within the frame of the project:

  • Adenosintriphosphate (ATP) Fluorometry
  • Fluorescence-in-situ-Hybridisation (FISH) Fluorescence Microscopy

Additionally SGS initiated in collaboration with the co-operation partners investigations on the UV-C induced inhibition of the photosynthesis of marine microalgae integral part of this project.

According to the project requirements all methods and technologies have to pass laboratory tests as well as tests under real conditions, i.e. onboard of ships in operation and validation procedures, too.

A part from these major investigations the project asks to elaborate Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for the sampling and analysis methods defined as adequate for rapid onboard compliance testing of ballast water.

The facts and findings of the project will be presented on the IMO BLG 17 session as well as on the IMO MEPC 65 session.

The project will end with the submission of the final project report in June 2013.

More information

The Cooperation Partners to the Project

The Facts and Findings of the Project


The SGS Project Activities

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