JUNE 20, 2016—Invasive species carried in ships’ ballast water are an ongoing threat to local, regional and national economies and ecologies. With more than 90% of the world’s trade being transported by ships, there are an estimated 10 billion tonnes of ballast water being transferred annually. That’s potentially a lot of harmful critters. But engineers and technologists have been working on effective solutions for years. One of those is ballast water treatment technology specialist Trojan Marinex, which was recognized for its contributions by being named the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Private Sector Achievement award from the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC).
The award, presented at the Annual RRISC Congressional Reception in Washington, DC, on June 15, recognized Trojan’s environmental stewardship and proven ballast water treatment technology. The award is bestowed upon a private sector company that has introduced a product or service that has the potential to make a significant contribution to reducing the environmental and economic risks posed by invasive species.
“Being recognized by RRISC is a tremendous honor,” says Mark Kustermans, Market Manager at Trojan Marinex. “Trojan is committed to the innovation of solutions that unequivocally protect the environment, and this award further validates this commitment. We thank RRISC for the award, and also want to take this opportunity to applaud them on the great educational work they are performing on the risks posed by invasive species.”