Ballast water management Regulations
The global shipping industry is responsible for 80% of transport of the world’s commodities. Vessels which sail in ballast transfer 3 to 5 billion tons of ballast water annually between oceans.
As the water used for ballast contains life like larvae, plankton and small eggs, it is not hard to imagine that these organisms travel the world within the ballast tanks, to be released in a totally different environment. In this new habitat they may not have the same natural enemies.