In association with the US Coast Guard and the US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the MARPOL Annex I Study (MAX1) is underway on oily water separators (OWSs) and shipboard environmental management. The WOC is working to help ensure there is adequate industry input to the study.
The study includes a survey – carried out on an anonymous basis – seeking information on OWS operations and shipboard waste management, particularly from shipowners/managers and vessel crews. The anonymous OWS operations and shipboard waste management survey is at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/max1survey .
The deadline for survey input is Friday, 5 June. Members of the ocean business community are encouraged to participate in this anonymous survey in order to provide information on their experience with OWS systems.
The study objectives can be found at: http://www.martinottaway.com/blog/rik-van-hemmen/max1-studies-nfwf-ship-waste-stream-management-and-ows-study-invitation-particip .
A MAX1 Conference (24 June, 2015, North Carolina) will address the study results and the path forward for vessel machinery space waste stream management. The MAX1 Conference information and registration are at: www.max1studies.org/conference .
Martin & Ottaway, coordinator of the study, has developed a chronology of OWS issue and regulations, at: http://www.max1studies.org/chronology—search.html .
WOC Outreach this Month
1 May: Presentation at Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Maritime Industry (CESMI) (Port of Los Angeles, 31 April-1 May)
5 May: WOC luncheon presentation/discussion at Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) (Houston, 3-6 May) on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility: Industry Leadership, Marine Ecosystem Impacts and Ocean Governance”
11-13 May: Participation in National Marine Manufacturers Association American Boating Conference (Washington D.C., 11-13 May)
18 May: Presentation at New Horizons for Desalination (International Desalination Association) (Portofino, 17-18 May) on “New Horizons: Sustainable Desalination Development in a Multi-Sectoral Marine World”
20 May: Panelist at Marine Debris Seminar (Rotterdam, 20 May), on “Sustainably Operating Ports” panel
28 May: Plenary panelist at Green Marine Tech (Seattle, 26-28 May) on “Promoting Sustainability Within the Marine Industry: Challenges And Solutions”