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The ballast system is built up from several standard ballast pumps with a capacity of 500 to 1000 m3 per hour. The system is operated and monitored by a computer. The combination of the pumps and the calculation behind it together with the sensors being used a complete automatic ballasting procedure can started. A ballast system is used for leveling and the compensation of loads on a barge during the load-in or load-out of heavy components.