Ballast Water Treatment Technologies

MARAD will use the projects results and data for a variety of purposes including to further the current efforts that address the curtailment of aquatic invasive species within the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters throughout the United States as associated with ballast water operations of commercial

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: During 2012, GSI and MERC conducted six bench-scale tests of promising ballast water treatments, four land-based tests of BWMS, two shipboard tests of BWMS, and five research experiments associated with ballast water.

The GBF upgrades continued, and the facility engaged in Research and Development testing of a single BWMS for most of FY 2012.

Fiscal Year 2013: Project occuring this fiscal year:
1.Establish and Validate a Barge Based Mobile Test Platform

Examine Instruments

Bulk Estimate of biomass in ballast Water Discharge

MERC Port Discharge Regulation

Develop MARAD Environmental Innovation Strategy.

Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: The USCG established in their ballast water discharge standard final rule requirements that testing facilities must meet to be accepted as Independent Laboratories (ILs) for the purpose of testing ballast water management systems for type approval by the Coast Guard. MARAD"s assistance to facilities has been critically important in facilitating the ability of test organizations to be accepted as ILs (all three of the test facilities that MARAD has funded are associated with one or more ILs). In FY 2012, efforts were focused on upgrades of the facilities to accomplish the more rigorous USCG certification testing. As a result of these efforts, in July 2012, two of the facilities were accepted by the USCG to conduct certification testing of BWMS. Fiscal Year 2013: MARAD has supported the creation and operation of independent ballast water treatment testing facilities. At this time, each of the facilities is able to test technologies in accordance with IMO testing protocols and a number of treatment systems have been tested. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Cooperative Agreement seeks to support the Evaluation and Verification of Ballast Water Treatment Technologies and other Green Shipping Initiatives.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The assistance will be used to support the Evaluation and Verification of Ballast Water Treatment Technologies and other Green Shipping Initiatives.

Applicants must be able to provide technical services, equipment and to support the testing, evaluation, and demonstration of treatment methods, practices, systems and equipment.

Technical efforts will be primarily directed towards the evaluation of the effectiveness of ballast water treatment technologies and systems at shipboard/barge-based and shore side facilities fabricated to simulate the in-tank configuration(s) and flow requirements typical of commercial vessels.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiary eligibility include State, Public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, Private nonprofit institution/organization, and Education Professional.


Applications submitted with Statement of Work and estimated budget costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 for Non-Profit and For-Profit Organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

MARAD solicits a request for applications, in, applicants submit applications through Evaluation of applications by program office, selected applications awarded by the Grants Specialist in the Office of Acquisition within 30-60 days.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


National Defense Authorization Act 2012, 49 U.S.C 109.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1 to 15 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The funding is available for one year after the date of award of individual tasks. See the following on how assistance is awarded/released. Funds are disbursed on a monthly basis by submission of SF-270 invoices.

There will be several tasks to be funded under this project, the period of performance and funding for each task will all be within the time frame of the entire project which will be for four (4) years, FY 2013-2017. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Monthly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Reports are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Cooperative Agreement.

The recipient shall provide Financial Status report, SF-425.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Cooperative Agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 12 Not Available(Exp: This is a new program.); FY 13 est $1,000,000; and FY 14 est $1,000,000 - Future funding is subject to availability of funds.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Judy Bowers 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Phone: (202) 366-1913 Fax: (202) 366-3029

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications submitted must support for the Evaluation and Verification of Ballast Water Treatment Technologies and other Green Shipping Initiatives.

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