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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 8 years ago

is ballast water normal water?

i've looked on google too many times go now i've given up!!! i need this for my school work. i need the answer then im done.

5 Answers

  • JJJ
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes, ballast water is just normal water. It can be use to level a seagoing vessel. Or in the case of a submarine, it can be taken in to add enough weight to submerge the boat, then pumped out to rise to the surface. Not to be confused with bilge water which contains many contaniments, oil, fuel, ect.

    Source(s): Four years Navy
  • 8 years ago

    Ballast water discharges by ships can have a negative impact on the marine environment.

    Cruise ships, large tankers, and bulk cargo carriers use a huge amount of ballast water, which is often taken on in the coastal waters in one region after ships discharge wastewater or unload cargo, and discharged at the next port of call, wherever more cargo is loaded. Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, including plants, animals, viruses, and bacteria. These materials often include non-native, nuisance, exotic species that can cause extensive ecological and economic damage to aquatic ecosystems.

  • Pete J
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Ballast water from ships often is contaminated with bunker fuel & is pumped to a storage depot inshore... Sometimes it's treated before being transfered back onto other ships, requiring ballast. If for any reason ships dunp at sea then it distroys the fish enviroments & if the captains are ever court then the get heavily fined!

    Bunker fuel is used to propel the ships along, similar to diesel inly thicker!


  • 8 years ago

    If you are on a ship, they usually just use sea water. So I would assume that they just use normal water

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  • 8 years ago

    Yes, its normal water.

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