MPS SolutionsIn 2010, a number of players in the young green industry joined together to form the Maritime Passive Safety Association (MPSA), through which they could offer a number of anti-spill response technologies and proven solutions.
These include :
Such as the leak prevention valves developed by Danish company Presvac, which are fitted to cargo tank and bunker ventilation systems, allowing water to enter in the event of immersion while preventing potential pollutants from escaping. To date, some 50 vessels have been equipped with the valves.
Magnetic patches can be quickly and easily deployed by crew and salvage operators alike after an accident has induced a breach in the hull. They provide a temporary barrier that stops pollutants from leaking to the marine environment. Norwegian company
Miko Marine has developed a wide range of patches that can be used to stop the ingress of water or the leaking of pollutants. These include magnetic and non-magnetic patches, ‘hat shaped’ patches, kevlar/aramide reinforced patches, patches of varying buoyancy and various custom designed solutions to accommodate all kinds of damaged vessels. Miko Marine patches are currently stored onboard more than 1,000 ships, including, most notably, those operated by the French Navy and the Norwegian coast guards.
Fast oil recovery systems (FOR systems)
Once installed, FOR systems offer an easy, quick and risk-free means of evacuating the pollutants present in vessel tanks and bunkers. They enable the standardization of salvage operations and can halve the time required to organize and complete the pumping of pollutants to safe storage. Some 20,000 large capacity ships currently sail the seas without having any emergency access to the hazardous products they are carrying. As a result, the company has developed a FOR system that provides permanent access to a vessel’s cargo and bunker tanks. The simple system is supported by the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE). According to a recent CEDRE study, FOR systems would have increased by at least 50% the speed of salvage operations on the five most recent major maritime oil spill incidents (Erika, Prestige, Levoli Sun, Peter Sif and Selendangayu). Certified on January 2010 by Bureau Véritas, JLMD’s FOR systems have already been installed on 45 ships.
In addition to the solutions outlined above, a number of complementary technical services have also been developed, such as the SOR (submersible oil recovery) pump, reportedly the first ever portable, hose-free submersible pump specially dedicated to FOR systems. Capable of removing 1.1 tons of fuel per minute, it was launched to the market in March 2011 by Dutch company Van Heck. The combination of the SOR pump and FOR systems provides emergency responders with a fast, easy and extremely high-performance means of removing any pollutants from vessel storage tanks.
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