CRC Reef Research Centre
for the Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004
About the report
The prime objective of the project is to formulate the design criteria for the successful development of an economical treatment plant capable of economically treating ships' ballast water in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters.
Other important objectives include:
- To provide greater understanding of the chemical, physical and biological properties of ballast water contamination in order to improve the capability of Australian ports and shipping management bodies to detect and more effectively respond to introduced marine pests;
- To conduct pilot plant testing of real port conditions that target the key introduced marine pest species that threaten Australia's temperate, sub-tropical and tropical waters. The tests would determine the best mix of filtration, hydrocyclones and UV treatment technology to achieve ballast treatment for these species; and
- To identify potential commercial applications and place Australia and Australian industry in a leading position in the development of an important new technology - ballast water treatment plants