MERC provides test facilities, expertise, information, and decision tools to address key environmental issues facing the maritime industry.
MERC is a State of Maryland and US Maritime Administration initiative that provides test facilities, expertise, information, and decision tools to address key environmental issues facing the international maritime industry. Our primary focus is to evaluate the mechanical and biological efficacy, costs, and logistical aspects of ballast water treatment systems and to assess the economic impacts of ballast water regulations and management approaches. MERC has also recently established efforts to address other related issues, including ship biofouling, alternative fuels and air emissions.
- MERC Services:
- – Provide technology developers/vendors with facilities and expertise for evaluating ballast water treatments and other environmental innovations,
- – Provide regulatory agencies and classification societies with standardized third-party data on system performance,
- – Provide ship builders and shipping lines with information and decision tools to select the most appropriate treatment options, and
- – Provide information and resources for Green Shipping efforts on the Chesapeake Bay, throughout the US, and around the world.