Survey Underway on Oily Water Separator Operations and Shipboard Waste Management

In association with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the MARPOL Annex I Study (MAX1) is underway on oily water separators (OWS) and shipboard environmental management. The WOC is working to help ensure there is adequate industry input to the study.

The study includes a survey – carried out on an anonymous basis – seeking information on OWS operations and shipboard waste management, particularly from shipowners/managers and vessel crews. The anonymous OWS operations and shipboard waste management survey is at:

The deadline for survey input is Friday, 5 June. Members of the ocean business community are encouraged to participate in this anonymous survey in order to provide information on their experience with OWS systems.

The study objectives can be found at:

A MAX1 Conference (24 June, 2015, North Carolina) will address the study results and the path forward for vessel machinery space waste stream management. The MAX1 Conference information and registration are at:

Martin & Ottaway, coordinator of the study, has developed a chronology of OWS issue and regulations, at:


Sustainable Ocean Summit 2015: 9-11 Nov 2015, Singapore

The next World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will take place in Singapore the week of 9-11 November 2015. The specific venue will be announced soon. Mark your calendars for this unique global ocean industry event, which is held only every 2 years.

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