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Reducing Ecological Risks

Retlif Testing Laboratories has been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as an approved sub laboratory to evaluate and test technologies to treat ballast water onboard ships against non-native aquatic species in American coastal waters, lakes and rivers. Retlif is a sub-laboratory to NSF, the primary approved laboratory. The arrangement facilitates the application process for manufacturers applying for U.S.C.G. certification of ballast wastewater treatment systems and components. Retlif will complete testing of the electrical and electronic components, including each alarm, control and monitoring device of the BWMS (Ballast Water Testing Requirements).

Cruise ships, tankers and bulk cargo carriers use huge amounts of ballast water which is essential for safe and efficient operation. It is often taken on in coastal waters in one region and discharged at another location. If not properly monitored, ballast water can transport non-native species into USA waters. The potential ecological, economic and public health risks can be disastrous.