The author suggests that in these days of increased sensitivity towards all environmental matters, translocation of marine organisms in ships' ballast has the potential to become the "aids of the ocean". It has been estimated that the worldwide total of ballast water currently being translocated in a year is in the region of 10 billion tonnes. Certain organisms present in ballast water are not harmful in their own environments but have the potential to do great damage in host water many thousands of miles away. There are now 16 known unwanted organisms identified as having reached Australia. The article reviews research and guidelines relating to the problem and concludes that the enormity of the problem is such that until a method of sterilisation of ballast is discovered, containment of affected areas is the best that can be anticipated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Cargo Today, v 1 n 4, Dec 1995, p 17 [3 p, 1 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Baird, I
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00718955
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM