Bilge water treatment system
The 1,000-ft. ore carrier, owned by Interlake Steamship Company, Cleveland, Ohio, is the first to be equipped with the PetroLiminator 630 oil water separator system, developed by EnSolve Biosystems, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina. The PetroLiminator 630 was installed on the ship in March, and has been in continuous operation since.
The PetroLiminator 630 was type-approved by the U.S. Coast Guard earlier this year as meeting the IMO-specified regulatory limit of 15 parts per million. The automated system works 24 hours a day, processing up to 20,000 gallons of bilge water per week.
Interlake Fleet Superintendent Charles Minton stated, "We had trouble with oily water separators in that they're very labor intensive, requiring the changing of filters or membranes, but the PetroLiminator is relatively maintenance free."
"We've gotten oil in our bilge water effluent down to two and even one part per million," he added.
Based on the successful installation on the James R. Barker, Interlake expects to purchase at least two more PetroLiminator systems later this year, according to Minton.
Biosystems is an early-stage biotechnology
company based in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.
It has received numerous awards and financial support from the
The rationale behind the move is that naval shipbuilder Bazan has an orderbook that's bursting at the seams--particularly after winning an order from Norway for a series of frigates. AESA, meantime, has been in desperate straits.
SEPI chief Pedro Ferreras says he doesn't want to see Bazan lose out on opportunities for lack of production capacity
The newly merged company starts life with
more than 11,000 employees and 12 production centers. These do
not include the Juliana and Cadiz yards nor the Manises diesel
works. SEPI bought these units from AESA for around $60 million
in a move being investigated by the European
Commission as suspected cheating on shipbuilding subsidy
European Commission approves conditional
funding for Trasmediterránea
While allowing the aid, the Commission is setting a number of conditions, notably allowing it continue only until July 26, 200. It was initially envisaged as running for six years from the end of 1997 with two extensions of two years each. Thereafter, as from summer 2001, in the event of a new call for tenders, operators must be given a fair opportunity to compete for the service.