This article was first published in the Autumn/Winter 2017 issue of International Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.
Taking into consideration the capacity flows for crew and passengers and the domestic or commercial strength of the wastewater being produced on their vessels – and how this wastewater will be stored and transferred prior to and after treatment – ship operators must not discharge untreated, diluted and chemically contaminated wastewater into the sea or other waterways to comply with permitted effluent standards.
Operators of small cruise ships, excursion vessels and ferries need a more robust alternative to physical chemical/dilution systems, so many use a certified Type II Marine Sanitation Device (MSD), which removes 95% of the contaminants from ships’ greywater and blackwater. The biological, fully processed, flow-through device provides more than adequate sewage treatment and increases opportunities for water reuse. Over the decades, Scienco/FAST has developed and enhanced the MarineFast MSDs to help operators manage all of the wastewater produced by their vessels’ facilities and onboard systems. MSDs like MarineFAST have been installed on some of the world’s greenest ships to help lessen the environmental impact of contaminants in their wastewater.
MarineFAST provides operation longevity – the oldest one has been in operation on Artco’s American Beauty since 1975. The MSD treats any combination of wastewater including saltwater/freshwater from onboard systems such as conventional and vacuum toilets, laundry machines, garbage disposal and showers. This enables operators to meet stringent wastewater requirements, while optimising their vessels’ operational performance and ensure they comply with evolving regulations.
Scienco/FAST has won several awards for its marine innovations.
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