BallastWISE

BallastWISE is the only CMD (compliance monitoring device) for ballast water testing that’s completely portable, based on direct counting of organisms, and can be used by everyone.

Reliable compliance testing with visual documentation

BallastWISE verifies that your ballast water complies with IMO and USCG standards. BallastWISE counts the number of live organisms between 10-50 µm and ≥50 µm. It reports on both size fractions of microorganisms with automated microscopy and offers multiple layers of documentation with image analysis and Video Expert Review.

Our testing method was developed by leading scientists within image analysis in microbiology and microbial ecology, and it is the only solution that uses a direct organism count. You are guaranteed reliable test results within 40 minutes.

Reliable compliance testing with visual documentation

BallastWISE verifies that your ballast water complies with IMO and USCG standards. It reports on both size fractions of microorganisms with automated microscopy and offers multiple layers of documentation with image analysis and Video Expert Review.

Our testing method was developed by leading scientists within image analysis in microbiology and microbial ecology, and it is the only solution that uses a direct organism count. You are guaranteed reliable test results within 40 minutes.

✔ Test results within 40 min.

✔ Globally available gold-standard customer service

✔ 1-page test result indicating compliance with IMO and USCG standards

 

✔ Direct organism counting with visual documentation for expert review

✔ Test results within 40 min.

✔ Globally available gold-standard customer service

✔ 1-page test result indicating compliance with IMO and USCG standards

 

✔ Direct organism counting with visual documentation for expert review

Easy to use

You don’t have to be a lab technician to use our products. We offer easy onboarding with online get-started guides and self-paced online training. We also have an online certification program available, allowing you to become a certified BallastWISE user in your own time.

Our testing method eliminates the need for chemical additives and other forms of sample preparation, resulting in a safer process without hazardous chemicals.

BallastWISE comes in a durable, waterproof case for quick and easy transportation in the field, on board a vessel, or in the lab. Our gold-standard customer service is available when you need it.

Everything you need for onsite testing

To make it as easy for our users as possible, we have developed a Standard Operating Procedure for ballast water testing, including a thorough checklist for both ship owners and inspectors.

The test can be performed and analysed onboard the vessel. After the analysis, a 1-page document with results is automatically generated, showing the number of organisms detected, making reporting easy. 

The report states whether the number of organisms is within the limits of the IMO ballast water convention and US Coast Guard Commercial Vessel Discharge Standards.

Optional filtration Unit

Our filtration unit allows you to easily collect and filter water samples, eliminating the need for plankton nets and manual handling. The filter unit is delivered in a waterproof and transportable case containing all the equipment necessary to collect samples at the test site. Where traditional plankton nets require experienced users, our filtration unit does not  require a skilled operator:

How it works

BallastWISE uses patented and proprietary technology based on motion detection and fluorescence to analyse water samples and identify:

  • The number of moving organisms
  • The number of organisms that show active fluorescence
  • The size of each organism

BallastWISE automates manual microscopy, which is the gold-standard for detailed biological testing used by accredited labs worldwide. Our technology is fully automated, fast and accurate and does not require laboratory training.

How it works

BallastWISE uses patented and proprietary technology based on motion detection and fluorescence to analyse water samples and identify:

  • The number of moving organisms
  • The number of organisms that fluoresces
  • The size of each organism

BallastWISE automates manual microscopy, which is the gold-standard for detailed biological testing used by accredited labs worldwide. Our technology is fully automated, fast and accurate and does not require laboratory training.

The analysis process