The risk of hull-borne invasive species is real.
PortShield provides you with a risk assessment of vessels before they enter port, allowing resources to be allocated effectively to monitor at risk vessels.
Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS)
Vessels engaged in international trade act as vectors for the introduction of IAS.
of the world's marine ecoregions have been affected by invasive aquatic species.
Marine alien species were introduced to European Seas between 2001 and 2010, approximately 60 of which as a result of hull fouling.
The cost of (IAS)
Apart from the cost (UK estimate is Euro 45 million per annum), IAS can cause a number of problems affecting port operations, such as:
Affect water quality
Damage riverbanks and structures
Compete with and displace populations of native species
Clog water intakes
Prevention is cheaper and more effective than eradication
How does it work?
PortShield is a web-based system that assesses the risk of hull-borne invasive aquatic species that a vessel poses prior to entry into Port.
The vessel names and IMO numbers shown here are for illustration only
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