Biological Commissioning Testing

Prior to use on board, all ballast water management systems (BWMS) have to be commissioned on behalf of the flag administration. Often this task is performed by the classification society. For most classification societies, we can take the samples and conduct the analyses as required in the harbours that are shown on the map below.

VGP/VIDA Testing

Vessels sailing on the United States of America have to comply with the regulations for the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP). This will be replaced by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) in the near future. MEA-nl can conduct analyses on your ballast water, grey water, bilge water and scrubber wash water.

Potable Water Testing

Specific requirements for drinking (potable) water are challenging and appears to be a jungle. Most flag states have developed their own set of rules. All our tests will be conducted by our qualified personnel who will be using suitable, ISO confirmed methods accredited by our own independent laboratory. As with all procedures taken by our personnel we follow ISO and/or Dutch/European legislations.

Type approval Testing

Like a new type of car before it is introduced in the market, Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) have to be granted a Type Approval (TA) before being installed on-board of a ship. The global (IMO) and US regulations (ETV) contain the regulations and conditions for such granting.


Legislation and guidelines change quite often. In our field of expertise (ballast water), we follow closely developments. Having a team of technical specialists, (marine) biologists and others, we may help you to find solutions for your challenges.

Research & Development

Water treatment installations often start with a bright idea. The silver bullet for all types of water is still not there. In our workshop and lab, we can conduct in mutual consultation bench-scale tests on components and complete installations, including filtration techniques. This enables you to convince yourself that every step has the desired effect. Finally, full-scale tests can be conducted on board our Floating Test Facility.

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