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Analysis of Polluted Oily Water Management in Klaipėda Sea Port Klaipėda sea port contaminated oily water management analysis

Author(s): Gediminas Stonkus | Jolanta Dvarionienė | Goda Zobėlaitė

Journal: Environmental Research, Engineering and Management
ISSN 1392-1649

Volume: 51;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 16;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: oil waste | bilge water | oily water treatment | Klaipėda sea port | port waste | flux of waste | life-cycle | environmental assessment | pollution prevention

Lithuania is one of the countries that have ratified the Marpol 73/78 Convention which foresees the tools of reduction and prevention of sea pollution with bilge water and other substances. The Directive of the European Parliament and Council 2000/59/EB is addressed to the reduction of waste on board of ships and its wash overboard..Analysis of the ships entering Klaipėda Sea Port has estimated that oil waste comprises about 74 % of the whole collected waste amount. The analysis of technological flows and documents has indicated problematic points in the following processes:1. collection of oily and engine bilge water from ships;2. collection of spilled overboard oil products;3. exploitation of intermediate accumulative reservoirs in the port;4. regular transportation of accumulated oily water engine bilge water to the oil-polluted water treatment station;5. distribution, storage, treatment (mechanical, physical, sorption) of pumped engine bilge water.Among oil polluted waste, its specific kind - oily water emerges in ports and it is called "engine bilge water" in the Waste Management Regulations. Engine bilge water is specific and hazardous to the environment as it is a liquid compound of water and oil products capable of making steady emulsions. It also acquires specific properties during various technological processes. Equipment, technological processes, specificity of the control related to combustibility and inflammability, as well as conformity to the requirements of the International and EU Rights, technological processes management and documents are needed for the management of this specific waste. For this reason, separation of this oily water from the common oil-polluted waste and analysis of these streams of waste treatment are of great importance in enhancement of the effectiveness of environmental protection during the management process of this oily waste.Applying a system approach to the oily waste in the port, a waste management system algorithm based on the life cycle has been set up. The system of port waste management is a set of technological processes, each of them performing a certain function and demanding for stock, electric energy, fuel, transport, heat, technological equipment, etc.Having completed the analysis, the algorithm assessing the supervision of technological processes and documents of engine bilge water management and a schematic diagram of the life cycle have been set up which make it possible:- to assess the supervision of formation, collection and utilization of oily and engine bilge water;- to effectively control energy and stock quantities supplied to each stage of a technological process;- to identify and assess the sources of the environmental pollution (ambient air, water, waste);- to foresee and evaluate the priority regions of optimization of engine bilge water management.Having made the environmental assessment, it was suggested to convert the waste resulting from the engine bilge water treatment into the energy and to use it in a technological process when closing (finishing) the life-cycle.While exploiting ships and their mechanisms a particular type of waste is made – water which contains oil and its products. Such water is called oily-bilge water otherwise ballast waters, because of the accidental spillage during carrying out various technological processes sea water is polluted and thus a danger is caused to the environment.Oily-bilge water is particular water which contains different carbohydrates, fuel oil, lubricating oil, light benzene fractions etc. thus the cleaning of such water to a certain degree is hardly possible using traditional technologies.According to the previous scientific researches it was determined that oily water cleaning needs absorbing substances. There comes up a purpose to choose available sorbents, which are applicable widely in different technological processes.In the article investigation results were received with five absorbing substances (granular absorbent carbon, friable absorbent carbon, wood dust, wood sawdust and clay).The object of the research comprises the determinant of oily water cleaning degree and sorption effectiveness by using chosen methods. 

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