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Ranger III used for ballast water cleansing testSubmitted: 08/19/2014
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HOUGHTON, MI - Technicians have used a vessel that hauls passengers to Isle Royale National Park for testing a refined treatment method to rid ships' ballast water of invasive species.

Isle Royale Superintendent Phyllis Green says a marine engineering firm used the M/V Ranger III last weekend to try out prototype equipment for mixing chemicals that can kill organisms in ballast tanks. The equipment shortens the time needed to treat a ship.

Ballast water is a leading pathway for aquatic invaders to reach the Great Lakes. Oceangoing ships scoop up water with living organisms in foreign ports and release them into the lakes when taking on cargo.

Companies are trying to develop systems for sterilizing ballast water. The Ranger is equipped with an ultraviolet light and filtration system for the purpose.

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Superintendent Kelli Jacobi said there were a number of reasons for the switch, including student availability. 

"Having a graduation date after the end of the school year for all students made it very difficult to get our bands, our choirs, all of those performers, available," said Jacobi. 

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 I was a grad here in 1987 and I wish I would have had this when I was in high school," said Partners in Education Mad Money Committee member Peter Vanney.

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