Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: DOT 129b-11
Date: Sep 30 2011
Contact: Kim Riddle
Contact Phone: 202-366-5067

MARAD Funded Mobile Ballast Water Testing Facility Begins Operations.

The Maritime Administration, along with the Maritime Environmental Resource Center and Maryland Port Administration, has dedicated a new facility to study the effectiveness of technology to treat invasive species in ballast water. The Mobile Test Platform is a retrofitted barge that will allow ballast water treatment systems to be evaluated in a natural setting at different locations in the Chesapeake Bay region. MARAD provided $1.2 million to help develop the new facility, which is able to test according to both IMO and US EPA Environmental Technology Verification protocols.