Ballast water is essential for safe & efficient shipping operations and stabilizing steel-hulled vessels at sea. Ballast water provides a variety of critical functions, such as maintaining balance, stability, and structural integrity on non-cargo voyages or when cargo is unloaded. Ballast water is also used to compensate for fuel and water consumption during at-sea operations.
While the benefits of ballast water are numerous, it can also post serious ecological, economic, and health problems when marine species carried in a ships’ ballast water are transported to a new location. Bacteria, microbes, small invertebrates, eggs, cysts, and larvae of various species can be transferred from their native environment to a new geographic area. Once there they can reproduce and become invasive, out-compete native species, and multiply into pest proportions. The effects can be devastating, and data shows that bio-invasions are both on the rise and continue to impact new locations.
At HF scientific, we are committed to improving the quality of the world’s water supply through innovative design, manufacture, and distribution of the highest quality laboratory, field, and online products for the marine and shipping industry. We believe our work is critical to preserving a healthy planet, and we take that mission seriously. Our rugged, dependable, and easy-to- use instrumentation provides accurate measurement of the total residual oxidant (TRO) of ballast water, desalination, or wastewater treatment equipment onboard. For 30+ years HF scientific has used its expertise to develop specialized devices for measuring and assessing water quality, including equipment for monitoring parameters such as free and total chlorine, streaming current, and UV% transmission.
Our scientists, engineers, and technicians are continually enhancing and expanding our product line to better serve new and existing customers worldwide. Contact us directly to learn how we can provide innovative water quality & measurement solutions for all your needs.