Specialist in naval sanitation since 1991

Cleaning : Bilges


The engine room of a ship holds the main engines, generators, auxiliary devices, and fuel, oil, sea water tanks and circuits, etc.

Cleaning a bilge

Cleaning a bilge

During the use of the machine, the maintenance of the engines (draining), and because of varied leaks and spills, a mix of waters and hydrocarbons is found in the bilge.

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Regarded as hazardous and subject to ADR (Road Transportation of Hazardous Materials), this waste is a risk for man and for the environment. That’s why the collection, storage and treatment of the waste must be entrusted to qualified and skilled professional technicians.
Link to ADR details here.

It is necessary to keep bilges empty and clean to avoid any accidental pollution (Bilge pump trip) and prevent the risk of equipment corrosion.

Having access to clean bilges is essential to the chief engineer so as to carry out maintenance, repairs, and identify the cause of possible leaks.

The cleaning of bilges on ships requires a high level of training and skills.
The engine rooms have sophisticated and sensitive equipment, vulnerable electric components which require great care during cleaning.

That’s why our technicians are properly trained and apply a cleaning procedure as well as strict safety protocols.

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International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

Adoption: 1973 (Convention), 1978 (1978 Protocol), 1997 (Protocol - Annex VI); Entry into force: 2 October 1983 (Annexes I and II).

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes.

The Convention includes regulations aimed at preventing and minimizing pollution from ships - both accidental pollution and that from routine operations - and currently includes six technical Annexes. Special Areas with strict controls on operational discharges are included in most Annexes.