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Ballast

Informal; anything that helps bring balance to an economy or company. For example, if strong auto sales lift an otherwise stagnant economy, it may be said to be a ballast preserving GDP growth. The term refers to the weight that helps balance a ship at sea.
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Its engineering division Railability, who carried out the road-rail conversion of the ballast distributor, has made a number of modifications to the vehicle including limiting its top speed in reverse to 6mph.
Seoul Metro, the OandM of the Seoul Metro system, pioneered in 2012 a new system of converting its ballasted tracks to slab tracks without disrupting revenue operations on its existing lines.
Ballast-Check 2 evaluates the risk of non-compliance for regulation D-2 using estimates of cell counts and cell viability as independent parameters during ballast water analysis.
In recent years, ballast resistance has been studied based on experimental data and in accordance with statistics.
Ballast water is routinely taken on by ships for stability and structural integrity.
The ballast hill stayed in place until it was removed in the mid-1970s - and was used as a play area by generations of local children.
"The team at Constellation shares our values, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for beer, and has a proven track record of helping successful premium brands reach the next level of growth and scale," commented Jack White, founder of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.
Ballast Nedam, which was brought to the brink of insolvency by heavy losses on two projects, twice postponed the publication of its annual results this year while it sought additional financing from its creditors.
A railroad track bed consists of a ballast layer of crushed rock set on the road base supporting rails and ties.
Under the terms of the agreement, this transaction includes the sale of Ballast Nedam Offshore's assets, the staff of the EPCI services (EPCI: design, procurement, construction and installation), the Heavy Lift Vessel Svanen, and the ongoing Westermeerwind project.
Ballast Nedam's operations include its offshore assets, EPCI services employees, the Heavy Lift Vessel Svanen and the Westermeerwind project.
SKY-System disinfects marine organisms carried in ballast water so that local ecosystems are not affected by foreign organisms.