Adhering to all IMO regulations, we collect and dispose of bilge water, ballast, gray water, cleaning water, slop, sludge, and cargo residue with our dedicated barge featuring a special resistant coating. Wastewater and bilge water are delivered to an environmental treatment plant located at the refinery on Curacao. Certificates are provided upon collection in keeping with Marpol Annex 334 regulations, as well as a signature and stamp in your logbook. We do the dirty work so that you can focus on more important things!
Bilge water is a mixture of water, oil, and other contaminants that accumulate in the lower compartments of ships, presenting a significant environmental challenge. Proper bilge water collection and disposal are essential to prevent marine pollution and maintain the integrity of marine ecosystems. Through efficient management practices and adherence to stringent regulations, the maritime industry strives to minimize the impact of bilge water on the environment.
Bilge water is a byproduct of various ship operations, including engine maintenance, fuel transfers, and normal shipboard activities. It typically contains oil, lubricants, fuel residues, and other pollutants that can be harmful to marine life. To safeguard the marine environment, bilge water must be effectively collected and treated before it is discharged back into the ocean.
Once bilge water is collected, it is important that it be disposed of properly. Bilge water disposal practices are governed by international regulations, particularly the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). MARPOL sets strict guidelines for the allowable oil content in bilge water before it can be discharged. The standard requirement is to ensure that the oil content does not exceed 15 parts per million (ppm) before discharge into the ocean.
Various bilge water treatment systems are used to comply with these regulations and purify collected water. These systems employ a number of different methods, such as coalescence, filtration, and centrifugation, to remove remaining oil traces and pollutants from the bilge water. Water holding tanks are used to store the collected water until it can be properly disposed of at an authorized reception facility. Bilge water holding tanks must be designed and maintained to prevent leaks and spills, ensuring that the collected water remains contained and does not pose a risk to the marine environment.
Reception facilities are often located at ports and play a crucial role in the final disposal of bilge water. These facilities are equipped with specialized equipment and infrastructure to handle and treat bilge water in an environmentally responsible manner. They receive bilge water from ships and employ advanced treatment methods, such as activated carbon adsorption, biological treatment, or physical-chemical processes, to further purify the water before it is released.
The maritime industry is increasingly adopting sustainable practices to minimize the generation of bilge water and optimize its treatment. This includes implementing preventive measures, such as proper equipment maintenance, regular inspections, and training programs to educate crew members about best practices for handling and managing bilge water. These proactive measures help reduce the overall volume of bilge water generated and contribute to the preservation of marine ecosystems.
Bilge water collection and disposal are vital aspects of responsible maritime operations. By employing effective collection systems, utilizing treatment technologies, and adhering to strict regulations, our bilge experts help minimize the impact of bilge water on marine environments. Through continuous improvement, sustainable practices, and the collaboration of industry stakeholders, the industry as a whole aims to safeguard the oceans and ensure the long-term sustainability of the marine ecosystem.