Working side-by-side with industry leaders to bring new technology to the maritime field.
The Golden Bear Research Center is a U.S. Coast Guard approved laboratory accredited in ISO 17025:2017. Our rigorous testing and evaluation process brings new products to market with speed and efficiency.
The Golden Bear Research Center (GBRC) is an internationally recognized laboratory and testing facility accredited in ISO 17025:2017.
We aim to provide an effective platform, for the research, development, testing and evaluation of technologies and practices that reduce marine vessel environmental impacts.
Our interests lay in technologies relating to ballast water management, decarbonization, exhaust emissions, solid waste stream, oil pollution, hull fouling and other potential environmental risks to the marine environment. GBRC has successfully tested several BWMS allowing for their Approved Status by the USCG and IMO.
GBRC testing platform is the 500ft long training ship Golden Bear which provides at-scale testing of new technologies while docked in San Francisco Bay, California and at sea.
Located on a tidal driven estuary in San Francisco Bay, the GBRC’s unique location provides an abundant and biologically diverse ecosystem that also allows for testing of Fresh, Brackish and Marine waters.
Salinity Distribution for San Francisco Bay
(Peng et al., 2014)
Established in 2010 with the help of The United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), the GBRC has been actively testing commercial ballast water management systems to IMO and USCG standards. We have worked with numerous manufacturers and tested their technologies across the globe.
Ballast Water Management Systems
- Land-Based Type-Approval Testing
- Shipboard Type-Approval Testing
- Commissioning Testing
- R&D / Performance Testing
R&D/ Performance Testing
- Renewable Energy
- Scale-up modeling
Thank you for your interest in Golden Bear Research Center (GBRC), a USCG subcontracted testing facility for ballast water management systems.
General Mailing Address & Phone
California State University Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590
Director, Golden Bear Research Center
For Type-Approval and R&D Testing:
Engineering Operations Manager, Golden Bear Research Center
For D-2 Commissioning Testing:
Scientific Program Manager, Golden Bear Research Center
IAS Certificate of Accreditation (ISO 17025:2017)
Approved Service Provider
2018 Navy League Albert A. Michelson Award