BONUS ZEB

Zero emissions in the Baltic Sea

Coordinator: Hulda Winnes, IVL Swedish Environmental Institute
Share of the BONUS funding: EUR 500 000
Duration: 3 years, 1.1.2014-31.12.2016

Summaries of annual reports:
BONUS ZEB final report
BONUS ZEB year 2 report
BONUS ZEB year 1 report


Abstract
This project is proposing a Zero Emission concept for oily water emissions in the ecological sensitive Baltic Sea with focus on oily water separation and the development of existing technologies. Can oily water be used on-board after efficient treatments instead of discharging to the sea?

Shipping is one contributor, among several others, to environmental stress of the Baltic with emissions of SOx, NOx and oil pollution. The shipping industry has done large improvements in the last 30 years in minimizing oil pollution from ships by th the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) that entered into force 1983. Today ships are prevented to discharge bilge water with an oil content > 15 ppm.

But still the environmental effect of treated bilge water has only scarcely been characterized and ecotoxicological tested. Neither has any environmental risk assessment been conducted for discharge of treated bilge water into environmental sensitive areas.

The project will also propose a solution for this – the Zero Emission concept for bilge water, based on an industry based innovation. The solution will be elucidated using life-cycle methods and marine engineering. The solution method will also be tested to not inflict occupational health risks.

Keywords
: Environment, shipping, oil, technology, LCA

Partners: Sweden, Finland, Lithuania

Introductory article: see page 10 of BONUS in Brief May 2014

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