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Ballast Water Onboard Monitoring

Rapid, Trusted, Onboard Testing Solution
Ensure that you meet Ballast Water requirements

Why customers choose LuminUltra?

During ship inspections of ballast water, Port State Control (PSC) use our test kit to achieve rapid and accurate results without unduly delaying ships. Ships use our approved and reliable solutions onboard to self-monitor their ballast water by testing a sample prior to arriving in port for inspection.
Maritech Group is the exclusive authorized sales office of LuminUltra, for Greece and Cyprus

Measure. Act. Confirm. All in Minutes.

LuminUltra’s microbial monitoring solutions involve more than just simple test kits. Our solutions combine revolutionary 2nd Generation ATP® testing methods with robust & portable equipment, and now cloud-based analytics plus extensive application experience via LuminUltra Cloud. All of this together provides you with a solution tailored to your specific needs.

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Comply with Ballast Water regulations

Installing a Ballast Water Treatment System is a significant and costly undertaking for ships, not to mention learning a new testing protocol to self-monitor ballast water. LuminUltra has been working on a ballast water (BW) testing solution for many years, and can help you navigate this new testing requirement.

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Save time and money

Through combining these products, you will have a true total measurement of all microorganisms contained in your sample within just a few minutes. Having rapid information allows you to take action at the earliest possible moment, thus saving time and money in the battle against microorganisms

Key Benefits of LuminUltra:

– Simple and rapid method

– Measure all 3 fractions, simultaneously

– Reliable in the lab or in the field

– online training and certification center

– Accurate

– Self-monitoring

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A testing solution you can trust

  • A 6-year R&D program led us to develop a trustworthy method of analysis.
  • We’ve participated in extensive research studies both in lab and on board, where our BW test kit has been scientifically validated for all three regulated size fractions.
  • The ATP method we base our solution on has been referenced in the following regulations and is authorized to be used for a variety of purposes, including:
    • BW Management Convention Circ.42: for compliance as a first step
    • The US EPA “BW self-monitoring”: for BW Treatment system functionality monitoring
    • The HSSC – Survey Guidelines: for testing during commissioning of the BWTS.
  • LuminUltra’s ballast water solution is already used by a network of laboratories worldwide.
  • A LuminUltra employee is a member of the standard and has been providing support to industry for several years.

Using 2nd Generation ATP® to confirm water quality compliance

  • a 3 membranes microfiltration system to separate organisms by size category (greater than 50 µm; between 10 and 50 µm; less than 10 µm).
  • An extraction method that ensures complete extraction of the cellular ATP present in marine organisms, including those protected by a mineral shell, a rigid exoskeleton or a tough outer wall (crustaceans, diatoms, microalgae, etc.).
  • A second generation microbiological analysis kit designed to detect ATP in high-salt samples (up to 300‰ NaCl or 300 PSU (Practical Salinity Units))
  • A portable equipment to perform the test

Our Ballast Water Solution includes:

  • LuminUltra (B-QUA) Test Kit
  • Portable Equipment case including PhotonMaster™ Luminometer + Bluetooth Module
  • LuminUltra Cloud™ Data Management & Decision Support Platform complete with:
    • Mobile app for rapidly inputting and managing data
    • Robust analysis and reporting to put you in control
  • LuminUltra Academy – our online training and certification center LuminUltra works with ship operators, labs and PSC who have requirements to test Ballast water for self-monitoring and compliance.

Ballast Compliance Requirements

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention in 2004 in order to curb the number of invasive species spread by ships’ ballast water. The BWM Convention entered into force on September 8, 2017, and the shipping industry continues its efforts to prepare marine vessels for adherence to it.

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General Obligations

The general obligations of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention include control measures that the Parties to the Convention are required to take to ensure that ships entering their ports are in compliance with the Convention. The Port State Control inspection in ballast water is primarily conducted as a documentary check; however, the authority may carry out ballast water sampling to verify that a ship is in compliance with the Convention. The sampling consists of an indicative analysis and a detailed analysis. The results of the indicative analysis indicate whether the ship meets the performance standard given in the Ballast Water Management Convention. If the ship fails to meet the standard, a detailed analysis must be performed in a laboratory. Based on the laboratory results, it is decided whether further measures will be taken.

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What is ATP and how does ATP monitoring work?

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is the primary energy carrier for all forms of life – bacteria, algae, vegetable, animal cells – all of them contain ATP. As such, the measurement of ATP concentration in a sample provides a direct measurement of biological concentration and health.

ATP is quantified by measuring the light produced through its reaction with the naturally-occurring firefly enzyme Luciferase using a Luminometer. The amount of light produced is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in the sample. The following formula below shows the reaction that occurs with ATP in the presence of Luciferase enzyme:

Within any water sample, there will be two types of ATP:

  • Intra-cellular (or just Cellular) ATP (cATP) – ATP contained within living biological cells. If desired, a conversion factor can be applied to approximate an equivalent microbial count*.
  • Extra-cellular (or Dissolved) ATP (dATP) – ATP located outside of biological cells that have been released from dead or stressed organisms.

The sum of these two types of ATP is referred to as Total ATP (tATP). The way that these types of ATP are isolated and measured depends on the application and thus the test protocol used:

  • For applications such as drinking water, cooling towers, or oil & gas applications, Cellular ATP is measured directly by filtering the sample to separate and measure cATP on the filter, while the dATP passes through the filter and is not measured. cATP provides a direct indication of living biomass energy level, or in other words, total living biomass concentration.
  • For applications with non-filterable samples such as wastewater treatment, paints, or solid samples, we measure tATP and dATP separately with cATP being calculated as tATP minus dATP. In some cases, a tATP measurement alone may be sufficient.

Want to learn more about how our solutions work? Contact us and we will send you these brochures:

  • How it (ATP Monitoring) Works – more details on how ATP is measured and what the different types of ATP really mean.
  • The Science of ATP Monitoring – this document provides more details on how the ATP test works.
  • The Myths and Truths about ATP Monitoring – this document provides answers to some of the most common perceptions about rapid ATP testing technology.

*Assuming that the average bacteria cell contains 1 femtogram (fg) of ATP (1fg = 10-15g).

Maritech Group is the exclusive authorized sales office of LuminUltra, for Greece and Cyprus


Maritech Group is the exclusive authorized sales office of LuminUltra for Greece and Cyprus.

Our authorized technicians can undertake onboard analysis.

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FAQ: LuminUltra Systems

Emerging trends in ballast water testing

Countries and Port State Control inspectors are increasingly interested in developing a testing protocol to enforce a discharge standard for the ballast water discharged into their harbors.
Luminultra is the only provider in the marker offering proven ATP indicative testing capable to measure all 3 fractions

The need for ballast water monitoring

To eliminate the risk of any ambiguity over results, potential fines, delays and reputational damage, it is vital that ballast water sampling and analysis is conducted using a proven methodology and is measured to a consistent standard.

Biologocal testing of kit on newbuild vessels

MEPC 73 agreed that all the three size classes of organisms need to be measured and assessed. This is because zooplankton – one of the most difficult organisms to treat during the type-approval process – can remain viable in sediments where there is little light, while phytoplankton is more easily treated.

Emerging trends in ballast water testing

Countries and Port State Control inspectors are increasingly interested in developing a testing protocol to enforce a discharge standard for the ballast water discharged into their harbors.
Luminultra is the only provider in the marker offering proven ATP indicative testing capable to measure all 3 fractions.

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LuminUltra is a global firm with customers and sales network partners spanning from North America to Asia and all points in between, providing fast and simple solutions to microbiological problems in water.

Since its initial launch in 2003, the company converted its line of test kits into solutions tailored to specific applications for monitoring and controlling microbes in drinking water, manufacturing industries, energy applications, wastewater and ballast water treatment.

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