Wei Chen

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Avoiding Non-Compliance in Ship Generated Food Wastes

By Wei Chen 2019-10-05 19:08:10

Seeing custom officers stopping certain food products (among other things) at the airport, one might find it hard to contemplate the possibility of the same stuff being pumped into city's sewer from the international ships - by design. The joint paper below explains why some system designs may have more than IMO instruments to answer to.  Food Waste Disposers and Their Compliant Applications Onboard Ships  Co-authored by  Dr. Wei Chen, Future Program Development Manager, Wartsila UK Ltd, UK Niclas...

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Opinion: Grey Water Related Non-Conformities Need to be Addressed

By Wei Chen 2019-08-20 17:20:00

Manufacturers are there to innovate, to compete, to think outside-the-box and to test boundaries. However, there is a line, drawn up by the IMO, in the form of Conventions and Guidelines that defines what is acceptable and what is not.  One would hope that those who crossed the line would be reined in. But instead, there is a situation where they are rewarded with certificates and acceptance, and this needs to be highlighted so that the issues can be addressed....

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MEPC 74 Agrees to Revise MARPOL Annex IV While Non-Conformities Spread

By Wei Chen 2019-05-22 18:41:30

To protect marine water from ships’ sewage discharges is no less important than any other environmental aspirations of the IMO. But its reality is appalling. With overwhelming majority, the MEPC 74 session (May 13-17) agreed to revise MARPOL Annex IV and its associated guidelines as proposed by Norway (MEPC 74/14). The objective is clear. The overall framework of MARPOL Annex IV needs to be reviewed to better ensure that the performance of sewage treatment plants remains satisfactory throughout the lifetime of the...

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Sewage Chlorination Without De-chlorination: A Certified Impossibility

By Wei Chen 2019-03-16 18:56:25

The approval regime has been in the blood of the marine industry. It has served well to safety equipment, but can the same be said when it comes to environmental technologies? An earlier publication suggested far reaching consequence of poorly enforced marine sewage rules. They have has gone beyond poor treatment performance status and started to erode the credibility of the approval regime.  This joint publication explores one of the non-conformity issues in greater detail. The questions are simple:...

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Call for Action on Sewage Treatment with No-Sludge Production

By Wei Chen 2019-02-09 17:30:11

In late 2018, The Maritime Executive featured an editorial by me, Dr. Wei Chen of Wärtsilä Water Systems, on the subject of pollution by sewage from ships which suggested a widening gap between the marine rules and realities. It also mentioned a number of non-conformity issues associated with some certified sewage treatment plants.  Now, a group of equipment suppliers, independent laboratories, academia, representatives of an environmental NGO and a shipowner, have come together to explore one particular issue regarding...

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Sewage from Ships – Better Guidelines are Needed

By Wei Chen 2018-11-10 17:56:18

The IMO’s MARPOL Annex IV Convention aims at the “Prevention of pollution by sewage from ships.” Installing an approved sewage treatment plant has been a popular option for ships sailing internationally. The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) has developed Guidelines on sewage treatment plant effluent standards and performance test specifications. However, in the absence of an effective enforcement regime, the vast majority of the sewage treatment plants installed are “discharging virtually untreated sewage” (MEPC 67/8/1).  To make matters worse, some...

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Sewage from Ships – Rules and Realities

By Wei Chen 2018-11-03 18:29:37

Sewage pollution control was the first environmental initiative in history. Technologies and regulations for the land-based wastewater industries have been evolving for more than a century, bringing tangible improvements to our aqua environment. The IMO’s MARPOL Annex IV Convention, which aims at achieving the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships, was developed in the 1970s, and entered into force since 2003. It contains a set of regulations prohibiting sewage discharge from ships, unless via an approved sewage treatment plant,...

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