The National Institute of Oceanography has decided to have electronic ballast water reporting system at major ports in India in order to facilitate ballast water risk assessment and decision support system for ballast water management.
Speaking to media persons, Union Minster for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Ashwini Kumar said that the importance of the threat arising from transfer of ballast water from one ocean to another surfaced in the media recently when the earthquake in Japan led to leakage of radioactive material from nuclear power plants into nearby marine waters.
The minister said that the marine bio invasion through shipping activities is a major concern for the health of the ocean and functioning of marine ecosystems.
He said that this issue has drawn the attention of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and convention on ballast water management has been adopted.
It may be recalled that after the Japan earthquake, Goa State Pollution Control Board had stopped two ships which had arrived from Japan, from entering into the port which were allowed to enter only after they received certificates claiming that the ballast water was not having radioactive substances.