School of Engineering


Development of Methodology for Biological Assessment of Ballast Water Management Systems

The UKIERI awards support collaboration between UK and Indian research teams in areas of interest and benefit to both countries, and are part of the biggest ever education initiative between the two countries. A total of over £5 million was awarded to teams from over 70 institutions in the UK and India, in six major and 23 standard awards.

The research project develops a scientifically sound and practically applicable methodology for the assessment of Ballast Water Management systems for application onboard vessels and in land-based laboratories. Projects main objectives are: - To develop test protocols to assess Biological effectiveness of management systems,- To provide guidelines on how to conduct such assessment onboard, onshore and at land-based laboratories- To develop expertise in mass rearing of indictor species required for biological assessment.

This project will have direct links with other research activities for Ballast Water treatment, such as EC funded project BaWaPla in the School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University.