We are sometimes asked: ”why incinerate?” Here are some good reasons why we recommend incineration:
• It is widely accepted that incineration is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of garbage and sludge oil. DNV recognise this with their “Clean Ship” notation which requires an incinerator to be installed.
• Worldwide there are a lack of Port Reception Facilities for sludge oil and waste.
• Discharging sludge oil and garbage to shore is often very expensive. In some developing countries a small amount of money is sometimes paid for the sludge oil, but there is an environmental impact when using sludge oil as fuel.
• Chief engineers and crew are no longer tempted to illegally dispose of solid waste over the side, or sludge oil via a “magic pipe”, risking the Captain’s or their own imprisonment as well as huge fines for the Owner.
• Storage of garbage is not without its problems, often requiring sorting of garbage, and resulting in nasty odours with drain water or cold storage thereafter. Space for storing the garbage will be significant over a long voyage, even if compacting is done. An incinerator reduces the solid waste to about 5% volume, leaving just sterile ashes remaining.
• Permission to discharge waste of any type often requires 24 hours advanced notice to the port authorities and can in some instances require the vessel to move to another berth - never a cheap operation, with harbour pilots and tugs needing to be ordered an extra time.
If you are still undecided we invite you to contact us for incinerator prices (new build or retrofit) to compare with your current costs for garbage and sludge oil disposal.