How did Vessel-Check start?

Like many solutions the cloud-based Vessel-Check was created to solve a real world problem. In this case the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) needed to improve their assessment and management of vessel related aquatic biosecurity risks across Western Australia ports. Biofouling is a key vector for the transfer of an Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS). It is also a growing global problem driven by many factors and can potentially have devastating consequences. The scientists at DPIRD were familiar with DHI’s water modelling and decision support software as they are users of the MIKE 21, MIKE 3 and EcoLab products and reached out to their local office to discuss this challenging problem.

The expertise within Aquatic Pest Biosecurity of DPIRD helped create the logic behind the Vessel-Check risk calculation engine. Aligning with the IMO Biofouling Guidelines, drawing on relevant research and their own local findings – DHI helped realise DPIRD’s goal of creating a user-friendly vessel biofouling management portal to aid vessels in identifying vessel management actions which can mitigate the risk of transferring an IAS. There is a comprehensive description of the risk metrics on the Biofouling Risk Section of the online help documentation.


Who are the creators of Vessel-Check?

DHI Australia is part of the DHI Group and was established in Australia in 2000. We have offices in the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Our world is water and our mission is to “power water decisions”.

Our knowledge of water environments represents 57 years of dedicated research and real-life experience from more than 140 countries.

We strive to make this knowledge globally accessible to clients and partners by channelling it through our local teams and unique software.

We have been successfully developing and supporting cloud-based Decision Support Systems (DSSs) for over a decade to marine, mining, urban and water resource clients which include both State and Federal government agencies.

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