BallastWISE

AUTOMATIC BALLAST WATER TESTING SYSTEM

*BallastWISE is a patent pending technology which uses high resolution and sensitive video cameras, state of the art image analysis algorithms, new generation light emitting diodes, and a powerful mini computer. It is the only method that mimics the highly respected method of manual fluorescence microscopy combined with motion detection and size fractionation based on the sizes of organisms individually.

BallastWISE

AUTOMATIC BALLAST WATER TESTING SYSTEM

*BallastWISE is a patent pending technology which uses high resolution and sensitive video cameras, state of the art image analysis algorithms, new generation light emiging diodes, and a powerful mini computer. It is the only method that mimics the highly respected method of manual fluorescence microscopy combined with motion detection and size fractionation based on the sizes of organisms individually.

BALLASTWISE FEATURES

Rapid Analysis

Accurate measurements of live organisms within minutes

Rugged and portable device

BallastWISE is a rugged and reliable system for analysis of ballast water discharge, well suited for shipboard use

Zero laboratory skills required

No addition of chemicals or sample preparation is required

BALLASTWISE FEATURES

Rapid Analysis

Accurate measurements of live organisms within minutes

Rugged and portable device

BallastWISE is a rugged and reliable system for analysis of ballast water discharge, well suited for shipboard use

Zero laboratory skills required

No addition of chemicals or sample preparation is required

HOW BALLASTWISE WORKS

BallastWISE uses light and optics to directly view and detect organisms. A sample is pumped into a transparent chamber and analyzed by camera and computer. Organisms are considered live if they are motile or if they contain chlorophyll. Organisms that contain clorophyll are detected by illuminating them with violet light and viewing the fluorescence from chlorophyll within the cell. Organisms that do not contain chlorophyll but are motile are detected with white light. Each organism is measured individually and it can be determined whether or not it falls within the critical size interval. Different chamber sizes are used for the smaller and larger size fractions, respectively.

BALLAST WATER COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS

Ballast water contains organisms that can cause great damage if they are released into a new environmet. The IMO Ballast water convention prevents the spread of harmful invasive organisms with ballast water.  Ballast water discharge may contain no more than:

  • 10 live organisms/m3 >50μm
  • 10 living organisms/mL in the size range 10-50μm

BALLAST WATER MONITORING

Monitoring and maintaining compliance with the ballast water discharge standards requires reliable and rapid testing equipment for detection of live organisms in ballast water discharge to prevent unnecessary delays by port state control and ensure proper function of the ballast water treatment system.

HOW TO ANALYSE A WATER SAMPLE WITH BALLASTWISE

1

Insert the measuring chambers (BW 50 and BW10), and attach the tubes to the sample containers.

 

 

2

Start the analysis

 

3

During analysis the video streams are shown as they are being processed

4

Results show the estimated number of live organism within each size class, with appropriate warnings if numbers are high.

 

5

A one-page report is generated for each analysis.

 

BALLASTWISE SPECIFICATIONS

Weight

8 kg

Accuracy

Single cell detections

Power Requirements

220V/110V

Dimensions

38 x 31 x 18 cm (lxhxw)

Computer

Intel Core i7 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU in a waterproof case

BALLASTWISE SPECIFICATIONS

Weight

8 kg

Accuracy

Single cell detections

Power Requirements

220V/110V

Dimensions

38 x 31 x 18 cm (lxhxw)

Dimensions

38 x 31 x 18 cm (lxhxw)

Computer

Intel Core i7 2.5 GHz Quad Core CPU in a waterproof case