UK-based Victor Marine has launched a new range of Oily Water Separators, which fully comply with the IMO MEPC 107/49 regulations that came into effect in January 2005. The latest marine bilge water separator developed by the company is the Victor MiniSep CS Series, designed to complement the VM Series that was launched by Victor Marine earlier this year. According to the company, the CS Series represents a new alternative for the cost-conscious buyer as this separator accomplishes the same tasks as the VM series, while reducing costs in certain non-critical areas.
The CS Series can handle heavy fuel oils, diesels and emulsified oils, has been fully type approved by Lloyds Register and is awaiting approval by US Coast Guard. In tests, according to the company, it achieved separation results of less than 5ppm (parts per million), well below the IMO required standard of 15ppm. The design is based on a flow-through, two-stage processing system, which does not need backwash cleaning cycles. Since no membranes, carbon filters or chemical treatments are used, this eliminates costs associated with some other separator types. The Hi-VOR technology for heavy fuel treatment and the AGM filtration system ensure a high degree of reliability and cost-effectiveness in the treatment of bilge water.
In addition, Victor Marine points out that 80% oil recovery rates can be achieved with the CS series. This generates further cost saving benefits for users, as product recovered can be reused as high grade fuel onboard. The CS Series incorporates two chambers, with a single positive displacement feed pump, and a new ultra-efficient coalescer. The new separator has a very compact footprint, which makes it suitable for all types of vessel, and also for retrofitting in situations where earlier generation separators are being replaced. The CS Series is available in seven different models, ranging from the CS250, which has a 6 cu.m per day capacity, up to the CS 5000, a 120 cu.m per day capacity separator, which could, for instance, be installed on vessels up to VLCC size.