Now there is good news to all those who have to handle hydrous oily sludge, both on land and at sea.
Faroe Maritime Technic (FMT), have during the latest 9 months developed and tested a prototype, to separate free and emulsified water from oily-sludge.
The system was originally a book up task from a large Danish shipping company, who wanted a total solution, to remove all the water, which is typically in various sludge tanks aboard their ships in an environmentally friendly manner. Since the company could not find any acceptable solution on the market, FMT was assigned to the task, through an already well-run cooperation.
In May 2012 the prototype was mounted on an experimental ship, and after commissioning, could both FMT and the company noted that The SDS was a success.
To test the SDS, it dealt with contents from all tanks that contained sludge of different kinds of oil. The result was that after a three week trial run, they had processed all sludge aboard.
Systems success criteria specified by the Danish shipping Company were:
- Fully automatic operation, with minimum maintenance
- Shall handle up to 1200 liters of sludge per day.
- The moisture content of the oil can be regulated as
required, completely down to 0%.
- Environmentally friendly with minimal energy consumption.
Taken in consideration that empirical data show that there are around 50-70% water content in the Sludge landed, the SDS will saves the company a lot of money. The SDS will also sharpening the Company “Green Profile“, by treating the Sludge in an environmental friendly way.
FMT and the Danish shipping company have signed a contract on delivering the SDS to a number of their ships in first place. The first systems will be produced as early as August 2012.
The patent pending SDS can also be expanded to handle Clean Bilge water as well.
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