Oil from ships can enter the water through large and catastrophic accidental spills, or through small spills caused by malfunctioning equipment, negligence or willful illegal acts. The total estimated volume of spilled oil from large accidents is less than that released from illegal “operational” discharges, which have their origin in tank washings, dirty ballast, and bilge pumping.
There are thousands of cargo and passenger ships sailing the oceans of the world, all of which have oily-water buildup in bilge water tanks. The illegal discharge of oil from ships into the world’s oceans is a global problem that affects the entire marine ecosystem. Many countries, including Canada, have signed agreements such as the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships [MARPOL regulations] specifying that bilge water must be purified to under 15 ppm [parts per million] of oil before it can be discharged back into the ocean or 5 ppm when discharged in port facilities or sensitive inland and coastal waterways.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution MEPC.107 (49) specifies a test procedure for bilge water separators and the removal of stable emulsions from bilge water in addition to the removal of oil. Adopted in July 2003, this resolution became effective on January 1, 2005 and applies to all vessels with new installations.
Separatech is happy to announce that the COP-System has been issued three certificates of type approval, certifying that it meets all requirements of IMO resolution MEPC.107(49) for Oil Filtering Equipment (Bilge Water Separators). Click the following links to see the certificates, procedures and results.
IMO resolution MEPC 107(49) - Test Procedures
COP-System: Certificate of Type Approval
COP-System: EC Type Examination Certificate
COP-System: Transport Canada Certificate
Separatech - Internal Certification Report