Ballast Water Test Kit

Ballast water exchange is an essential process, but it’s one which involves several complex processes. There are some acknowledged guidelines which need to be followed to ensure the water is as safe and hygienic as it can be. The presence of any harmful bacteria, viruses and invasive species on a ship can have catastrophic effects, so CMT's highly developed ballast water test kits are vital. Easy to use and reliably accurate, the kit enables user companies to remain compliant with current and future legislation and guidelines. Exchanging ballast water in a timely, efficient and safe manner is an essential aspect of modern marine life, but it should always be monitored effectively. With the CMT ballast water test kit on your side, you can be sure that your vessels and offshore installations are operating correctly.

The Ballast Water Certificate is issued after successful inspection and is valid for five years. For renewal and random inspections, maintaining the ballast water system operating requirements in line with the IMO Ballast Water Convention (2004) will be required. The IMO Ballast Water Convention (2004) specifies three different standards:

1) Ballast Water Exchange Standard 

2) Ballast Water Performance Standard 

3) Ballast Water Health Standard

The Exchange Standard specifies the exchange of ballast water at sea. It specifies the replacement of 95% of the ballast water which can be monitored with the CMT Ballast Water Test Kit.

The Performance Standard cares about the performance of the system and specifies the maximum number of the viable organism in the ballast water which is classified as more significant than 10 or 50 microns.

The Health Standard defines limits for indicators which could cause health problems. It specifies the maximum number of Cholera, E.coli and Enterococci bacteria as well as the total viable count of any bacteria in the ballast water.

Ships are required to have a Ballast Water Management Plan and a Ballast Water Record Book. The Ballast Water Record Book is essential to prove compliance with the three Ballast Water Standards. The CMT Ballast Water Test Kit will provide all equipment to ensure and prove compliance with the IMO Ballast Water Convention (2004) With this in mind, the CMT Ballast Water Test Kit will provide simple and accurate testing for:

  • E.Coli bacteria test
  • Enterococci bacteria test
  • Cholera test (01/0139)
  • HPC / TVC
  • Salinity test
  • Viability of organism - 50 μm or above - 10 μm or above

*The CMT ballast water test kist is both USCG (United States Coast Guard) as IMO approved