Drinking water resources are scarce and waste water discharges are a potential hazard for our ecology and health. Transporting huge volumes of water across our seas and coast, like the ballast water by the shipping sector, can seriously disturb natural balance and local ecosystems.
MEA-nl unites knowledge and expertise of marine biology, chemistry, technology ánd shipping. MEA-nl comprises of a competent team of experts and a facility where we can test under natural and highly representative circumstances. Circumstances that reflect the challenges during maritime operations. With these adequate means and man power, MEA-nl carries out research at biodiversity and the marine environment. With ballast water treatment and management, hull fouling and water filtration as our main focus.
Reducing the threats to biodiversity is high on the international agenda. To regulate and decrease the impact from shipping, international conventions on ballast water and anti-fouling (regulating the paints used on ships’ hulls) have been established. Subsequently, regional and national measures have been taken, like the 'Standards for living organisms in Ship's ballast water discharged in US waters'.
Whether you’re a manufacturer, ship yard or -owner or involved in inspection: you need to know every necessary detail about the performance of ballast water treatment and management and hull fouling measures in practice. MEA-nl assist you with advise and research during every phase of development, approval and practical implementation. We are also capable to assist you with every imaginable measure to monitor and improve such solutions and technologies. We can truly say that our multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of technology, biology and chemistry is an important added value in our work and every service we offer.