Marine



Over ninety percent of all global trade is executed via the sea. An increase in vessel operations worldwide and MARPOL regulations have significantly increased marine waste volumes worldwide. The marine waste management challenge involves the safe disposal of marine waste, inclusive of slops and sludges, soiled bilge water and any releases of ballast water and tank residues. Port authorities, marine slop collectors and the land-based waste infrastructure simply has not kept adequate pace with the rapid raise in waste volume, and business-needs of shipping companies. In many cases, ships are mandated to remain in port until all the slops and sludges have been offloaded. Many ports struggle to clear slop storage or tank capacity to adequately meet volumes, and their customer's demands for faster offload time, shorter time in port and lower mooring fees. Ports that are unable to meet shipper expectations often lose customers to competitor ports. It is not uncommon for some unscrupulous shippers to illegally dump their oily waste and slops at sea adding and polluting the oceans. Bunker companies are in many countries legislated from handling slops and sludges, placing the burden squarely on the ports to find a solution with collectors holding the port concession. Once treated, marine slops are sold as a low-cost industrial burning fuel. The industry has accepted that converting slops into BTUs is "recycling", however we disagree. The marine waste problem is not exclusive to ports in emerging or frontier markets. The systemic deficiencies around waste collection and marine slop processing costs the marine industry billions in undue costs, lost business and is largely bad for our environment. Ports and marine slop collectors require on-site slop processing solutions. AGC's ARR system provides a better solution for ports and their collection partners. The ARR will quickly recover fuels and base oil in the slops and sludge while removing sulfur to produce a range of sale-able products, including low-sulfur marine fuel.
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