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Monday, April 27, 2020 

According to smart water quality monitoring equipment supplier Rivertrace, selecting inappropriate oil-in-water monitoring technologies can jeopardise environmental compliance.

The company has published a new white paper offering advice to ship owners confronted with a choice between several different sensor technologies suited to specific applications.

Oil-in-water monitoring on ships is needed to comply with MARPOL measures for the prevention of oil pollution as well as in several other areas. Stringent measures governing oil pollution require that if monitoring is not effective, discharges cannot be carried out – providing a significant operational incentive for ship owners to select the right technologies.

Mike Coomber, Rivertrace MD said: “Oil-in-water monitoring is used in a wide array of marine and industrial applications and it is crucial that operators know which technology is the most appropriate for their purposes. Rivertrace’s foundation in research and development across all these solutions means we can offer a balanced view based entirely on customer needs.”

Ship owners have four optical technologies to choose from:

  • Scattered light monitoring;
  • Absorbance sensors;
  • Fluroescence sensors; and
  • Microscopy technologies

All four have particular advantages; Rivertrace says it is well positioned to offer guidance, deploying all four technologies across a wide range of monitoring equipment. The company has also played an active role in developing oil pollution monitoring regulation in the marine sector. As a result, the company understands how each technology can be best applied to help ship operators achieve environmental compliance.

Rivertrace’s expertise is underpinned by an internal R&D team dedicated to continually developing its existing products. Its engineers can draw on experience gathered from more than 30,000 monitors and systems installed worldwide, as well as working with a client list that includes separator manufacturers and many shipping, offshore oil and gas and land-based industrial companies.

Rivertrace's white paper, explaining the four main options, can be downloaded from the company’s website.

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