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Harmful introductions and ballast water management in Slovenian sea

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.19.01  Engineering sciences and technologies  Traffic systems  Traffic technics and technology 

Code Science Field
T300  Technological sciences  Water transport technology 
ballast water, nonindigenous species, harmful species, management, Slovenian sea, Port of Koper
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  21792  MSc Alenka Andrijašič  Law  Researcher  2002 - 2003  11 
2.  21832  PhD Matej David  Traffic systems  Researcher  2002 - 2003  182 
3.  21793  PhD Peter Jenček  Traffic systems  Researcher  2002 - 2003  240 
4.  16241  PhD Jurij Kolenc  Traffic systems  Head  2002 - 2003  346 
5.  00861  PhD Marko Pavliha  Law  Researcher  2002 - 2003  1,031 
6.  21856  PhD Marko Perkovič  Traffic systems  Researcher  2002 - 2003  633 
7.  05101  PhD Stojan Petelin  Traffic systems  Researcher  2002 - 2003  650 
8.  16159  MSc Valter Suban  Traffic systems  Researcher  2002 - 2003  253 
9.  21696  PhD Jelenko Švetak  Traffic systems  Researcher  2002 - 2003  359 
10.  07301  PhD Igor Trupac  Traffic systems  Researcher  2002 - 2003  384 
11.  20838  PhD Patrick Vlačič  Law  Researcher  2002 - 2003  152 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0600  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport  Portorož  1627015000  6,635 
Ballast waters are indispensable for the ships safety when sailing at sea. Ballast waters loaded on the ship in one part of the world, and then discharged in another, may contain nonindigenous (alien) and/or harmful marine organisms. Till today there are many documented cases in the world, whose consequences are: harmful impacts on human health (cholera, paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) - human death cases.), harmful impacts on marine environment (the inpoverishement of biodiversity and the decrease of the abundance of autochtonus marine species.) and economy losses counted in billions of dollars (shellfish industry, fishery.). Ship`s ballast waters have been recognized by many international organizations as a vector of non-indigenous and/or harmful organisms introductions. For further regulation of this problem International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidelines for preventing transfer of harmful organisms and pathogens - Assembly resolution A.868(20), and for the year 2002/2003 is planning to adopt legally binding rules in the form of a new convention. For their own protection some countries implemented IMO guidelines or introduced their own legislation. Ports in Northern Adriatic are involved in the international (intercontinental) maritime traffic and among them is the Port of Koper. In this region ballast waters are released from ships without any survey. On the basis of researches carried out in the world we place hypothesis, that nonindigenous and other potentially harmful organisms are present in the ballast waters released from ships in the Port of Koper. In the last ten years, especially in the last few years, this problem is achieving greater dimensions in the world. At the same time we must not forget the specificity of Slovenian environment in the meaning of the natural environment, organizational aspects of the parties involved in the marine traffic, legislative aspects and other. Based on this, the main aims of the research project are: - research of the extent of this phenomenon in the Slovenian sea with the emphasis on the Port of Koper and - propose guidelines for the prevention of harmful introductions, according to international and Slovenian legislation and organization of the parties involved in maritime traffic in Slovenia.
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