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Protect the marine environment with ballast water testing.

A ship’s ballast water can transport unwanted marine species and microorganisms into new environments, harming the native ecosystem, and contaminating and polluting fishing waters with sediment and stagnant waste. Detailed analysis of ballast water samples is the only way to ensure your shipping activities are being conducted in a safe and clean way.

SGS Ballast Water Testing Services

SGS has mobile ballast water sampling capabilities in ports around the world, all supported by our unrivalled network of accredited laboratories. Using only the latest sampling devices – such as hand-held cable or reel samplers and isokinetic on-board sampling systems – we provide efficient, cost-effective solutions to help you protect the environment and your businesses reputation.

Testing parameters, include:

  • Temperature
  • Salinity
  • Organic matter
  • Chlorophyll
  • Discharge and sediment
  • Zoo and phytoplankton

Our monitoring will help preserve healthy plankton and marine life levels according to international environmental standards.

Your results will be displayed using the latest imaging technology, with reports prepared to meet voluntary and mandatory regulatory guidelines for ballast water management, treatment and decontamination.

Added Value

Our experts can also perform independent verification of the performance, cost effectiveness and safety of commercial technologies and biological treatments employed in ballast water control and treatment.

Why Choose SGS?

With a global network of over 6,000 environmental specialists, SGS is the first choice for shipping operators looking to protect the environment, meet their regulatory obligations, and mitigate against reputation damage and additional costs.

To learn more about ballast water testing, contact your local SGS office.