NSBWO – North Sea Ballast Water Opportunity

From January 2009 to December 2013
Project Leader(s): Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) Newcastle University is a beneficiary to this project. PI is Prof. Ehsan Mesbahi
Staff: Project Manager is Mr. Hossein Enshaei
Sponsors: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Beneficiaries: Bundesamt für Seeschifffarht und Hydrographie, Germany; IMO World Maritime University, Sweden; CaTO Marine Ecosystems, Netherlands; GoConsult, Germany; DHIGroup, Denmark; Wageningen Imares, Netherlands; ImarEST, UK; CytoBuoy, Netherlands; Zebra BioScience, Netherlands; MAHLE NFV GmbH, Germany; HAMANN AG, Germany; EnvioMar GmbH, Germany; Ded Norske Veritas, Norway; Ovizio Imaging Systems, Belgium; Brockmann consultancy, Germany.

Ballast Water Opportunity is a project for regional cohesion, innovation and future strategies in ballast water policies and management, focusing on: Coherence and harmonisation for implementation, monitoring and enforcement. Innovation based on scientific knowledge for implementation, enforcement and development of management systems. Development of future strategies to reduce ship-borne biological invasions.

School of Marine Science and Technology is involved in two work packages and the project is coordinated by Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and includes Research institute, Classification Societies, Manufacturers, Administrations and Port Authorities.

Newcastle University has over 10 years of track record, working on several international, EU, national, Regulatory and Consultancy projects. In addition to the engagement of this project, the School of Marine Science and Technology will be participating in considering the current and emerging technologies, and the identification and prioritisation of future R&D needs and developments in the areas of Ballast Water Treatment, Biological issues, Legal issues and Training.


Professor Ehsan Mesbahi
Professor of Marine Informatics

Telephone: +65 646 90032 or +65 655 00130