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Waste Away

As commercial vessels are increasingly pressed to clean up their ops, solid and liquid waste management onboard has never been as important. Andrew Korney of Terragon Environmental Technologies shares his perspectives on evolutions of the market,

BY GREG TRAUTHWEIN erragon is a Canadian compa- 2015, we installed two MAGS MV7 sys- garbage at sea, and must follow the builders and designers. “One of our big- ny whose mission is to develop tems; one with Maersk Supply Service, regulations laid out in MARPOL Annex gest challenges has been introducing the and commercialize products and the other with Matson. Towards the V,” said Korney. “MAGS will not only technology to shipyards for the inclusion

Tto enable the zero-waste dis- end of the year, we ? nalized the design reduce the waste volume by more than of MAGS, as an option, into vessel de- charge vessel, which it aims to accom- for our latest model of MAGS – the V8 95%, it will generate useful energy from signs,” said Korney. “We’ve been lucky plish through a number of proprietary and MV8 – and have contracted to sup- this waste that can be integrated onboard that many ship-owners have included us systems, including: ply these new models with– Maersk Line the vessel, increasing overall ef? ciency.” on their Maker’s Lists, so we are given • MAGS: The Micro Auto Gasi? ca- Limited, Crystal Cruises, and Lindblad In addition to its ef? ciency enhancing the opportunity to bid. But, as existing tion System (MAGS) transforms ship- Expeditions. capabilities onboard the ship, it could designs do not include our technologies, board garbage and oil sludges into useful While shipowners have traditionally also eliminate the potential headaches in some cases the shipyards demand a energy for use by the vessel; been reticent to install ‘new’ technology involved with land-side disposal, name- very high design-change fee from the • WETT: The Wastewater Elec- onboard commercial vessels, a long list ly the cost and the logistical problems shipowner, which hurts the overall ROI. trochemical Treatment Technology of new regulations regarding emissions encountered when land-side reception It comes down to a split-incentive: some (WETT) cleans grey, black, and oily from vessels at sea have forced many facilities are inadequate. shipyards want to be build the low- wastewater for reuse or discharge. traditionalist to explore new lines of “Aside from a more complete solu- est cost vessel, regardless if the equip- • STEP: The System for Total En- thought. tion for waste management, provided by ment installed gives the best operational vironmental Protection (STEP) is the “One of our biggest challenges was MAGS, it also has exceptionally clean bene? ts to the owner and/or operator; a implementation of both MAGS and ? ghting the mentality of ‘We’ve always emissions” added Korney. “The Marine similar situation can exist between ship-

WETT, and is Terragon’s concept for the done it this way’,” said Korney. “Chang- Environmental Protection Commit- owners and charterers. We need to ? nd zero-waste discharge vessel – all waste ing a mind-set or trying to introduce a tee (MEPC) has directed the Pollution, ways to share the incentives and bene? ts streams are used to produce energy or technology in a place where no problem Prevention, and Response Group 3 to that will enable each interested party to clean water for reuse. is perceived to be, can be tough. How- develop a proper category, and regula- reap rewards on the initial investment of

The innovative technology from Ter- ever, as the industry looks to the future tion for technologies like MAGS, that technologies, as well as once in opera- ragon has steadily matured over the past in terms of owning and operating more have better environmental performance, tion.

few year and according to Korney the ef? cient and environmentally friendly ef? ciency, and pose less ? re and safety last 12 months have been particularly vessels, has helped us greatly. The idea risks.” The Path Ahead eventful. “We’ve continued to make of future compliance, keeps folks listen- But as nearly any other new player in While the maritime industry is a tu- excellent headway in all of the market ing and thinking.” the maritime market could attest, one of multuous market for even the most sea- sectors we are focused on, however, “All human operations generate waste, the biggest challenges apart from prov- soned players, Korney and the Terragon we’ve had a particular growth within the whether it is on a ship or on land; how- ing technology is working the technol- crew see plenty of opportunity given the commercial marine sector,” he said. “In ever ships cannot simply dispose of ogy into the mainstream for owners, ongoing demand for cleaner shipboard “Towards the end of the year, we ? nalized the design for our latest model of MAGS – the V8 and MV8 – and have contracted to supply these new models with– Maersk

Line Limited, Crystal Cruises, and Lindblad Expeditions,” said Andrew Korney 48 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • MARCH 2016

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