Ballast Water Research forShip Medicated Invasive Species

Ship-mediated invasive species are a serious problem in the Great Lakes region and threaten to erode crucial public and political support of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System (GLSLSS) maritime industry. This concern has inspired strong interest on the part of the industry itself to resolve the problem, and a special opportunity for collaborative and constructive action by Seaway partners. Accordingly, Canadian and American Great Lakes ports jointly catalyzed the creation of the "Great Ships Initiative" (GSI) to bring the problem of ship-mediated invasive species in the Great Lakes to a timely and effective resolution. The GSI combines the resources and expertise of the maritime industry--particularly ports and carriers--within the GLSLSS, with governmental, quasi-governmental, and non-governmental entities to accelerate the development, testing, installation and fleet-wide use of effective ballast treatment methods. GSI's primary ballast treatment test facility is located in Superior, Wisconsin. The facility provide intensive bench, land, and shipboard evaluation services to developers of ballast treatment prospects suitable to Seaway-sized vessels with the goal of advancing meritorious systems as rapidly as possible to an approval-ready and market-ready condition. At the same time, the test facility studies post-discharge implications of treatment system performance on receiving systems. Key program partners involved in implementing GSI objectives at the facility are the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Superior Lake Superior Research Institute. Without implementation of effective prevention measures by ships, the Great Lakes will remain at high risk of invasion from organisms carried in ballast water. GSI aims to generate the tools needed to resolve the problem as rapidly and efficiently as possible. The GSI is also providing crucial information and a possible model for productive action to other regions and countries.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Transportation, Planning, Research and Development


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Secretary
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Konheim, Arnold

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin, Superior

    Lake Superior Research Institute
    801 North 25th Street
    Superior, WI    54880
  • Start Date: 20080801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090730
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35189

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  • Accession Number: 01492231
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTOS59-10-C-00423
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 4 2013 1:00AM