Dubai, 16 March 2016
ACO Marine and Corodex / Eflochem in conjunction with the IMarEST UAE Branch hosted a knowledge sharing session covering Onboard Sewage treatment per IMO MEPC 227(64) and the latest testing technology for Sewage Effluent Discharge, Potable & Ballast water. The experts offered comprehensive guidance in ensuring compliance with international standards and regulations for Wastewater Management.
Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary IMarEST UAE branch, in his opening introduction, highlighted the MARPOL Convention which addresses pollution from ships by sewage and the transfer of alien species by ballast water, besides other contaminants. He rationalized that ship technology must be compliant with high standards of safety and quality to minimize dangers for crew, cargo and the environment. Appropriate systems need to be certified and function properly to mitigate the risk of ships’ detentions by PSC, Flag and class surveyors.
Lukas Kaisler from ACO Marine Group management Germany in his key-note address updated the delegates with revised IMO guidelines for effluent standards and performance test procedures for sewage treatment plants per Resolution MEPC 227(64). This new resolution which superseded 159(55), is applicable to all sewage treatment plants on new ships and those installed on existing ships after 1 January 2016, which are certified to carry more than 12 persons. Lukas explained the Sewage Treatment Plants of the Membrane type (ACO Maripur) and Biological type (ACO Clarimar) which are fully certified commensurate with the IMO standards. He expressed the challenges of Galley grey water carrying grease which needs to be separated before entering the sewage treatment plant. To allow effective separation in a grease trap or more efficient grease separator, ACO Marine Galley lifting stations are fitted with eccentric screw pumps to prevent emulsification of the grease during pumping.
Jason Georgiou, Marine Manager Corodex / Eflochem, in his vivacious presentation ‘A Step ahead in testing’ addressed Sewage Parameters, the ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006, Potable & Ballast Water testing with the Primelab multi tester.
Each presentation was followed by a lively interactive discussion between the speakers and the audience who savoured the insight. Their numerous questions and comments were challenging and interesting. The 124 attendees were from ClassNK, Smartech Automation Solutions, DMI Dubai, Bureau Veritas, Viking Marine Services, Noah Ship Management, Qaiwan Group, Futuristic Middle East, Endress+Hauser, WCS, Dubai Municipality, Naif Marine Services, C.S Offshore, Drydocks World-Dubai, Ocean Wave, McDermott Middle East, Grandweld, Caterpillar Marine, Jomer Marine, GEA Middle East, UASC, Scanjet Middle East, National Iranian Tanker Co, Seatech Marine Services, Al Mutawa Marine Works, Montec Ship Management, DNV GL, Riviera Boat, YourShore, Heritage Offshore & Marine Engineering services, Quest Marine, Ali & Sons Marine Engineering, ABB, Gulf Energy Maritime, Givenergy, Milaha, Gulf Agency Company, Goltens, MSH Ship Management, MIE Group, MicroStep-MIS, Akron Trade & Transport, PSNL, International Tanker Management, Al Mufaddal Engineering & Marine Services, Vedam Consultancy, PB Towage - Middle East, M.I.E. Overseas, Constellation Marine Services, Avant Consulting, Lloyd’s Register, SKF Marine, Hatlapa, System Dynamics, Red Sea Marine Management, Aqualis Offshore Marine Consulting, Albwardy Marine Engineering, Abu Dhabi Marine Services, Safe Marine Ship Management, Abu Dhabi Ports, Dockendale Ship Management, Al Futtaim Willis, Alphard Maritime, Tomini Shipping, CWA, MARSH, Scanjet Middle East and ADNATCO NGSCO.
Jacque Powell, Honorary Chairman IMarEST UAE presented tokens of appreciation to Lukas and Jason.
Notwithstanding the Beaufort Wind Force 6, the evening culminated with cocktails & dinner at the Rooftop poolside of the Ramada Jumeirah hotel.