Ships transport their cargo, crossing oceans and rivers, locking and loading in docks all over the world. By pumping or releasing surface water in their ballast tanks, they optimize the stability of the ship. However, this surface water can contain organisms, for example bacteria, larvae and plankton, which can be, unintentionally, transported to new areas. These invasive species can shift in the ecosystem. In worst cases, non-indigenous organisms developing into a plague and take over the native species.
Therefore, systems that remove organisms from the ballast water are important to avoid these kind of ecological catastrophes. For more information see: www.nioz.nl/en/valorisation/ballast-water
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