McCrometer just announced ballast water is intake water on board a ship that is used to maintain its stability and balance during voyages. Ballast water can be harmful to the environment and human health, as it can carry aquatic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, algae, and small animals.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed regulations to control the discharge of ballast water and minimize these risks. These regulations require ships to install treatment systems to remove or neutralize harmful organisms before discharge and follow specific procedures for ballast water management. However, operators and technicians aboard a ship often face the challenge of securing and maintaining a flow meter that is dependable, accurate, and can provide them with the data they need to inform daily decisions about ballast water intake, movement, and discharge.
The challenges include ballast water regulations, weight, space, and accuracy concerns, and system integration. Ultrasonic flow meters, Coriolis meters, and electromagnetic (mag) meters are the most common flow meter technologies used for ballast water flow measurement.
Each technology has its limitations. Click HERE to read the full article.