Invasive aquatic species present a major threat to marine ecosystems. Shipping has been identified as a major pathway for introducing species to new environments. Ballast waters, which are indispensable to safe and efficient shipping operations, are transported by vessels from one region to another, either to maintain stability when it is not loaded with goods, or released in another region when loaded with goods.
To prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another via this channel, the International Maritime Organization has introduced minimum requirements for vessels to have Ballast Water management systems installed on board ships. US Coast guard has also enforced this on ships coming to their territories. Eventually, all ships will be required to install BWMS to treat the ballast water before it is released into the environment.
TÜV SÜD PSB is approved by United States Coast Guard (USCG) to be an independent test laboratory, sub-contracted to DNV-GL for Water Ballast Management System (WBMS) component testing.
We have a wide range of testing facilities for one-stop testing of various BWMS environmental and reliability requirements such as vibration, climatic, ingress protection, voltage variations, power supply failures, and EMC testing etc. Our unique large scale facilities enables larger key component systems of the BWMS to be tested.