Commercial Vessel Compliance

10/16/2015: Sewage treatment technology – Type approval of marine sanitation devices

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The Coast Guard will hold a public workshop, December 8-9, 2015, in Washington, DC to discuss sewage treatment technologies, issues concerning testing of marine sanitation devices for type approval and issues concerning gray water. This workshop is intended to be an interactive exchange of information between policymakers, industry experts, and interested members of the public.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency and intended to be an exchange of information between policymakers, industry experts and interested members of the public. The primary topics to be covered include:

  • Sewage treatment technologies;
  • Issues concerning testing of marine sanitation devices for type approval;
  • Simple on board checks for verifying performance of marine sanitation devices;
  • Impact of gray water on the environment;
  • Impact on the ship from processing gray water;
  • Technologies for processing of gray water;
  • Analytes for considering technologies treating gray water;
  • Issues associated with existing federal standards and MARPOL Annex IV equipment standards (International Maritime Organization (IMO) resolution MEPC.227(64));
  • Impact of no discharge zones;
  • Revision of an industry consensus standard, ASTM F2363—“Standard Specification for Sewage and Graywater Flow Through Treatment Systems.”

Space is limited; contact the Coast Guard to reserve a seat.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

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