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Bilge Water Disposal

Bilge Water Collection and Disposal

Water is utilised extensively throughout a vessel, particularly in its engine room. However, any unused water on board tends to accumulate in the lowest part of the ship, known as the bilge. 

Often appearing as a dark liquid it can contain substances like debris, oil, fuel and other polluting agents. If disposed incorrectly it can lead to the harming of the marine ecosystem, human health and the contamination of fresh waters. 

In accordance with MARPOL 73/78 regulations, it is prohibited to discharge bilge water directly into the sea. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure environmentally friendly disposal methods are employed to ensure compliance

We’ve invested in our tanker fleet and specialised vehicles to meet the growing need for safe disposal of bilge water, especially with numerous major ports, harbors, and marinas dotting the North West coastline.

Formation of Bilge Water

Bilge water is a concoction of various liquids, posing a significant pollution risk. It typically consists of a mixture of:

  • Chemicals
  • Freshwater
  • Oil Sludge
  • Seawater

While other liquids may also be present, these are the most common constituents. Seawater and freshwater can easily infiltrate the bilge through pipelines, leaky machinery, or overflow from adjacent tanks, often containing chemical contaminants.

Regardless of the volume of bilge water onboard your vessel, our team can arrange convenient collection services in your area, alleviating you of this waste management burden.

Disposal Of Bilge Water

Correct disposal of Bilge Water is essential for all vessels. If the bilge water contains chemicals or oil, it violates MARPOL regulations to discharge it into the ocean. Bilge compartments serve to accumulate this water until it can be safely disposed of, but excessive liquid poses a potential hazard to the engine room.

That’s why it’s crucial to schedule routine bilge water disposals whenever possible.

Our team is dedicated to traveling locally and nationwide to eliminate bilge water, ensuring waterways remain unpolluted.

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