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SGS environmental services conduct ballast water sampling as part of our range of services to ensure a safe marine environment. Call our team today.

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The ballast water used on ships can transport unwanted marine species and microorganisms that can harm native ecosystems. It can also become contaminated and pollute fishing waters with sediment and stagnant waste. Ballast water sampling followed up by detailed analysis is the only way to ensure your shipping activities are being conducted in a safe and clean way.

Our mobile laboratories for ballast water sampling are located at ports across the globe and supported with testing locations to ensure you speedy results. We use only the latest sampling devices – such as hand-held cable or reel samplers and isokinetic on-board sampling systems – ensuring that our range of equipment is suitable for even the most difficult location.

We sample your ballast water in preparation for detailed analysis as part of our range of services to offer you cost-effective ways to prevent marine pollution. The basic sampling parameters include: temperature, salinity, organic matter, chlorophyll, discharge and sediment, zoo and phytoplankton. We can monitor healthy plankton and marine life levels according to international environmental standards.

The results are displayed using the latest imaging technology and reports can be used to meet voluntary and mandatory regulatory guidelines for ballast water management, treatment and decontamination.

We also carry out independent verification for the performance, cost effectiveness and safety of commercial technologies and biological treatments employed in ballast water control and treatment. Our analyses inform the design of treatments to minimize environmental damage, avoid future costs and control ballast water management solutions.

With our worldwide sampling and testing laboratories you are never far from our accredited and internationally renowned laboratories. Call our team today for a ballast water management plan to suit your fleet’s requirements.