ECP SERVICE CORP. PRESENTS POLLUTION PREVENTION CONCEPT

During the meeting of INTERTANKO’s Environmental sub-Committee earlier this week, associate member ECP Service Corporation presented a process for reducing oily bilge and wastes from ships using a remediation technique involving chemical and biological blending.

During the meeting of INTERTANKO’s Environmental sub-Committee earlier this week, associate member ECP Service Corporation presented a process for reducing oily bilge and wastes from ships using a remediation technique involving chemical and biological blending. This enhanced method for improving water quality and minimising oil pollution aims to reduce the quantity of sludge and bilge waste by enhancing the oil water separation process before discharge through the Oil Discharge Monitoring Equipment.

Mr. Matt Hayes of ECP Service Corporation flew in from the US to present the concept to the Environmental Committee and a host of other delegates from other industry organisations in London. Mr. Hayes explained the basics of the process and allayed a number of concerns raised by the Committee on the effectiveness and application of the concept. These included the provision of a Material Safety Data Sheet on the product; the possibility of the product only working under strict conditions, e.g. pH and temperature; and also effects on the variation and composition in the product which is to be treated, e.g. different lube and fuel oil types. In the latter case it was illustrated that the concept includes a variation of bacteria which will enable the blend to cope with the variation in oil types and in particular those typically found in bilge oil. Mr. Hayes explained to the Committee and its guests that all these aspects had been taken into consideration during the development of the product and that it had already been successfully tested (and now used) on a USCG vessel.

INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee is grateful to ECP Service Corporation, and in particular to Mr Hayes, for their time in presenting their concept in London.

For further information please see ECP’s website, www.ecpservice.com or contact Matt Hayes directly at mhayes@ecpservice.com

Contact: Tim Wilkins, tim.wilkins@intertanko.com