To minimize the oily content in bilge water, which can be discharged from the ship, MARPOL has a regulation under ANNEX I which limits the oil content in the bilge water that vessel can legitimately discharge into the sea.
In order to avoid marine pollution and losses of marine species due to oil spills, a prevention plan is carried on board all cruise and cargo vessels. This plan is known as SOPEP or ship oil pollution emergency plan.
In an oil spill, as the density of oil is less than water, oil will float on the surface. The natural agitation of water causes dispersion of oil that is spilled on the top layer of the water surface to go beneath into the water column. To accelerate this natural phenomenon, oil dispersants are used.
A new tool has been developed to prevent pollution by enabling trapped oil to be recovered from sunken ships before it has a chance to escape and cause damage.
In spite of several legislations, ship/shore checklists, MARPOL regulations, we keep hearing about various incidents of oil pollution at the sea. Whether it’s the ship’s fault or not, a single drop of oil in the seawater can send shivers down the spine of even the most seasoned seafarers. Is there a way to avoid oil pollution from ships?
There have been several incidences in the past wherein leakage of oil from the stern tube has resulted into marine oil pollution. Find out how the revolutionary Thordon COMPAC Bearing System can help prevent oil pollution because of stern tube oil leakage
Oil Discharge monitoring & control system (ODMCS) is used to prevent the pollution of sea by oil due to the discharge from ballast and bilge spaces from tankers
Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and Convention for Prevention of Marine Pollution (MARPOL) stands as two solid pillars that support the maritime industry.