Introduction film Test Facility MEA-nl and its role at the entry into force of the Ballast Water Convention (BWM)
Is elimination of risks of marine invasive species feasible? How effective are ballast water management systems and hull fouling control options in practice? Do water filtration technologies deliver satisfactory results?
Marine Eco Analytics, MEA-nl, is an independent research and test facility that tests ballast water management systems and hull fouling control options under very realistic conditions and circumstances. On our research location, both brackish, marine and freshwater are continuously close at hand. Both the North Sea, Wadden Sea and the freshwater lake Lake IJssel (IJsselmeer) are ‘just around the corner’ from our test site. This approach creates a win-win situation: by testing on a ship (the MEA Innovator), it bridges the ‘technology gap’ between on shore testing theory and on-board practice, and, provides a biological test environment that is highly representative for maritime operations in real life.
In this way, we make a significant contribution to protect the marine biodiversity of our planet and preservation of our valuable drinking- and freshwater resources.