Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/IS-09

Ballast water treatment and management: Development of a cost-effective, environmentally friendly ballast water treatment

Principal Investigator: 

David A. Wright

Start/End Year: 

1999 to 2001

Institution: 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

Rodger Dawson, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; Neil A. Belson, Pharmacognetics, Inc.

Description: 

The objectives of the Research Plan are (1) to demonstrate the efficacy, feasibility and environmental safety of Cutlerite as a treatment for ballast water, and (2) to obtain the experimental data necessary to satisfy EPA requirements for registration of Cutlerite as a commercial biocide. The Research Plan includes three separate components: 1. Aquatic toxicology assays, to measure the effective concentrations of Cutlerite against potential aquatic nuisance species; 2) Environmental fate analyses, to measure the biodegradation of Cutlerite; 3) Dockside and Shipboard trials, to measure the performance of Cutlerite under real-world conditions.