Project achievements to date and actions undertaken

Virtual Project meeting in June 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the partners held their 5th progress meeting virtually. Despite being less interactive than usual, the meeting enabled a constructive exchange on the progress achieved and the work still to be done before the end of the project. Besides the tests of the pilot systems for oily and ballast water treatment in Brest, the team will now concentrate on sea water monitoring, a contribution to the IMO for the regulation on Ballast Water Management Convention and the last meeting at the Parliament (see below).

New partners

In May 2020 the project team welcomed a new partner, the company SeaTopic. SeaTopic will focus on the environmental facet of the project (sea water monitoring in ports), its specialty, and will contribute to dissemination and capitalisation activities especially to the European / international policy regulatory bodies and it will support the group for its key actions: the feedbacks to the IMO and to the Parliament.

Progress on sea water monitoring, sampling and modelling

Knowledge of sea water properties in ports is essential to manage the risks of pollution of all types including biological ones (invasive species) and to make decisions. One action of Blue Ports is to design and to test enhanced monitoring and modelling facilities in port areas. Water properties and models will also allow the development of a risk assessment tool regarding possible transfers of alien species between ports due to shipping activities.

The company Bentley is in charge of developing this risk assessment tool starting from the concept of same risk area.

Recommendations to the IMO MEPC

The IMO Ballast water management convention aims at reducing the risk related to the transport of alien species from one port to another port. The convention entered into force on September 10th 2017. The project started officially on September 1st 2017.

Our goal was and is to accompany the implementation of the Convention. The project combines studies of available port based solutions (which are necessary for shipyards, Short Sea Shipping when there is a pollution risk, and for failure of on board systems) with tests in real conditions of the only one certified port based solution: InvaSave developed by DAME Green solution.

Following studies on implementation feedbacks and tests carried out in partner ports (Las Palmas, Lisbon, Setubal, Gijon and now Brest) the partners and its interest group have prepared a feedback document summarising the main project findings and recommendations to improve the Convention in order to facilitate its implementation. The text will be submitted as a contribution to the IMO BW Experience Building Phase set up by the IMO MEPC to gather feedback and recommendations from projects of any kind aiming at accompanying the implementation of the IM BWMC, which is the case of the Interreg “Atlantic Blue Ports” project.

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Fabienne Vallee
Atlantic Blue Ports,
project manager