MERC is offering test and evaluation services to developers/manufacturers of ballast water management systems (BWMSs) designed to prevent the transport of non-native aquatic species and to meet IMO and USCG ballast water discharge standards, as well as other maritime environmental technologies. The goal is to further the efficient and effective transition of treatments and technologies from concept and prototype to certification and routine operational use.
MERC BWMS research services evaluate treatment and technology performance and efficacy against a range of environmental conditions (including diverse taxonomic and size categories of ambient organisms for BWMS testing) in the lab and at the land-based and full shipboard scales. Test Plans are designed to cover the requirements of both the IMO G8/G9 Guidelines and US EPA ETV Protocols.
MERC non-certification Status Testing or Demonstrations are open to all developers/manufacturers from the US and around the world and is currently free of charge for qualifying applicants. However, cost for the transportation, installation, and removal of the test system must be covered by the developers/vendors.
MERC Independent Laboratory certification testing of BWMSs is carried out through NSF International and are subject to the terms and condition of the Independent Laboratory and US Coast Guard Regulations.
MERC is also available to conduct testing of BWMS for Type Approval Certification by other Administrations beyond the US.
For more information on MERC data ownership and release policies [click here].
MERC data policies are also completely consistent with those of the Great Ships Initiative (GSI).
MERC offers testing on a Mobile Test Platform, that will allow ballast water treatment systems to be evaluated in Baltimore MD (salinity 5 - 12 psu), Norfolk VA (salinity 18 - 25 psu) and/or Washington DC (Anacostia River, 0 psu) with one system installation. The MERC facility (pictured above) includes two 300 m3 tanks, two 300 m3/hr pumps and all other associated infractructure to complete G8/G9 and ETV testing. For examples of prior test protocols and final reports see MERC Reports.
For detailed specifications and information [click here] or please contact George Smith, MERC Facility Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MERC also offers some selected system testing onboard the US Maritime Administration vessel Cape Washington. Please contact Mario Tamburri (email@example.com).
Current MERC ballast water treatment system testing locations.
A freshwater location for testing within the Chesapeake Bay will be established in 2013.
Applications accepted at any time.
MERC will consider any complete applications forms, with cover letter and attachments, that are submitted electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Clearly label all attachments with the application question to which they correspond and list them in the application in the spaces provided. To be considered, all applications must be accompanied by full author reference information and listed in the application form.
Review and Selection:
All applications and related material will be reviewed by MERC Testing Team and Advisory Board. Decisions will be made based on completeness of application package, likelihood that the proposed treatment system will ultimately, effectively and efficiently meet discharge standards onboard commercial vessels (independent of technology readiness level or maturity), and available resources.
Assuming developers of qualified systems respond to this solicitation, the MERC anticipate:
Bench-scale testing services for up to two candidate treatment systems;
Pilot-scale testing services on the MERC Mobile Test Platform to up to three candidate treatment systems;
Active shipboard testing services to no more than two candidate system.
* Contingent upon available resources.
Direct any questions regarding this solicitation, application process or test facilities by
e-mail to Mario Tamburri (email@example.com) or George Smith, MERC Facility Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).