Details of Ballast water observations and ports data


Dataset identification

Title of datasetBallast water observations and ports data
Narrative summary of datasetThis dataset includes the data used in in the HELCOM/OSPAR Ballast Water Exemptions Decision Support Tool. This tool was developed in 2013 based on the overall IMO framework, the 21 Baltic and North-East Atlantic coastal states and the EU. It allows user to define “low risk” routes, as well as other necessary steps in granting exemptions under regulation A-4 of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC). The data were collected in various European ports and includes not only biodiversity data but also hydrographic, sediment and meteorological measurements in the sampling sites.
Start date2012-06-20
End date2019-10-31

Responsible organisations

Organisation nameFlanders Marine Institute
Role of organisationDataset Holding Organisation
Organisation nameHelsinki Commission
Role of organisationPublisher
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation nameOSPAR Commission
Role of organisationPublisher
How to citeHELCOM/OSPAR Joint Ballast Water Exemptions Decision Support Tool: HELCOM and OSPAR, 2020.

Dataset availability

Original dataset download link
Dataset formatDelimited
Public accessNo limitations
License for useCC0 1.0


Latitude north boundary66.578534284819
Longitude east boundary27.406030186038
Latitude south boundary28.757330378544
Longitude west boundary-18.214374225727

Data types, collection and processing

Observation typeBiota abundance, biomass and diversity
Dissolved gases
Water column temperature and salinity
Rock and sediment physical properties
ParameterInvasive species monitoring parameters

Process information

Submitting organisationFlanders Marine Institute
Submission identifier (UUID)32216081-444a-4314-a0c6-4ae729283f9a
Date of dataset creation2019-06-26
Date of metadata creation2021-01-26
Date of metadata latest revision2021-05-11
Date of publishing2021-05-15
Processing data centreFlanders Marine Institute
Summary record-ID806