Advanced Technologies for Management of Ballast Water And Biofouling

Event date: 4 March 2014 - 7 March 2014

Title: International Conference on Advanced Technologies for Management of Ballast Water And Biofouling (MABB- 2014)
City: Chennai
Country: India
Website/register: International Conference on Advanced Technologies for Management of Ballast Water And Biofouling (MABB- 2014)

Description: The spread of invasive species is one of the greatest threats to many ecosystems in the world. In the marine realm, most of the bioinvasions have been attributed to ballast water used to stabilize ocean-going vessels. Marine discharge of ballast water causes spread of viruses, bacteria, microbes, small invertebrates, eggs, cysts and larvae of various species to new habitats. The tremendous and continuing increase in the volume of seaborne trade has increased the threat to marine biodiversity and the effects in many areas of the world have been devastating. Considering the gravity of the impact of ballast water in spreading bioinvasion, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has initiated preventive measures to divest ballast water of all biological organisms that can potentially invade a new habitat and proliferate therein. 

Cooling water system of coastal power plants, moored oceanographic instruments, ship hulls, aquaculture framework and similar such structures in the marine environment face a common operational problem – biofouling. Ship-borne fouling has also been known to contribute to bioinvasion. Biofouling is an impediment in all maritime activities that involve exposure of materials to seawater.

This International Conference on Advanced Technologies for Management of Ballast Water and Biofouling (MABB 2014) is conceived to address these two specific but closely related issues by providing a meeting ground for researchers, users and policy makers in the respective area of Ballast Water Management (BWM), marine bioinvasion, biofilm and biofouling control to discuss the latest trends by means of presentation of their current work. The conference promises to shed quality insights leading to healthy debates on these topics, as well as to provide an excellent forum for new business ideas and professional development.

The Earth System Sciences Organization – National Institute of Ocean Technology (ESSO – NIOT), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, has taken the initiative to organize this conference jointly with the Biofouling and Biofilm Processes Section (Water and Steam Chemistry Division, WSCD) of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Kalpakkam and the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society (IBBS), U.K.