Koch-Ellis Provides Service To Meet Pollution Prevention Standards Of MARPOL 73/78

In October 1983, Annex I of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution, known as MARPOL 73/78, entered into force for the maritime and shipping industry.

This convention concerns pollution from oil. The regulation was created to reduce operational discharges from ships, which have become a major source of oil pollution on the sea. The IMO estimates that 13.6 million barrels of oil are discharged annually, substantially more than all oil accidently spilled worldwide over the past few years.

Stopping this wasteful, costly, and detrimental-to-life pollution is why compliance with MARPOL 73/78 is so important.

Annex I has three requirements to prevent oil pollution; these require vessels to be equipped with segregated ballast tanks, dedicated clean ballast tanks, and when appropriate, crude oil washing (COW) systems.

These new regulations try to limit the discharge of oily wastes from cargo and bilge areas by requiring oily water separators and monitors.

No discharges of oil are allowed within U.S. territorial waters—less than three miles off shore; therefore, these wastes must be retained onboard.

For shipping in the Gulf of Mexico region, Koch-Ellis has combined equipment and facilities of its two divisions to offer a convenient way to conform with MARPOL 73/78.

Koch-Ellis Marine has long been a leader in ship bunkering in the New Orleans area, and Koch-Ellis Barge and Ship Service is known for its gas-freeing, cleaning, steaming, and waste water treatment facilities under its EPA permit.

By using its existing bunkering barge equipment to gather these oily waste waters, Koch-Ellis can go to the ship. The company can provide service to shipping from Pilot Town to Baton Rouge, and with only 24 hours notice, can supply extremely fast turnaround service in the New Orleans area. Ships can get both bunkering service and oily waste water removal in the same operation, saving time and money.

Koch-Ellis is said to be the only facility in the Gulf region that can both transport and process MARPOL slops.

Small ships can also dock directly at the Koch-Ellis facility at mile 104 of the Mississippi River for service.

The oily waste slops are processed there using the latest in bacterial technology. The company has worked closely with the EPA to develop one of the most effective aerobic digesting systems for the treatment of wash water in the Gulf region.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 63,  Dec 1986

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