MSC Awards Biospherics Contract For 40 Oilarms — Option For 40 More

Biospherics Incorporated, Rockville, Md., known for its rugged sewage treatment plant instrumentation, is going to sea with a versatile new oil discharge monitor, the Oilarm. Applying its knowhow for making things work in harsh environments, the firm has turned out a tough, well-tested and economical device approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Biospherics was awarded a contract for the Oilarm by the U.S.

Navy's Military Sealift Command.

Under terms of the award, Biospherics will supply a minimum of 40 Oilarms with an option for an additional 40. Spare parts, options and other aspects of the award constitute a potential sales value of approximately $250,000. The Biospherics bid was part of a larger one by the prime contractor, Sigma Treatment Systems, Inc., Chester Springs, producer of the oily water separator selected by the MSC to separate the oil prior to discharge of the bilgewater.

"We are pleased at the dollar value of the sale," said Dr. Gilbert V. Levin, Biospherics' president.

"But we put even greater stock in the fact that the Biospherics instrument was selected for the first fleet purchase of oil-in-water detectors." Virtually all vessels in excess of 10,000 gross tons will have to install oil-in-water separatory and detection equipment. Overboard discharges of more than 100 parts per million of oil at sea and 15 parts per million in coastal waters and harbors are prohibited by the recently ratified United Nations Maritime Treaty.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 96,  Apr 1984

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