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REMONDIS Industrie Service’s branch in Klausdorf has increased the range of services it offers at Kiel Harbour thanks to the TUI cruise ships “Mein Schiff 4” and “Mein Schiff 5”. At the end of May, its Klausdorf branch was awarded a new contract to manage the removal and treatment of the scrubber wastewater, sludge and bilge water from the 300m long cruise ships. This is a great success for the company’s team who have been looking into ways of treating scrubber wastewater for a while now. Right from the start, both crews knew that they were dealing with professionals who were specialists in their field.
Up to 60m³ of scrubber wastewater per ship
Scrubber wastewater is the wastewater produced by a ship’s flue gas desulphurisation system which is installed to clean its exhaust gas. Desulphurisation plants – so-called scrubbers – aim to reduce sulphur emissions by 99% and emissions of soot particles by 60%. The water, which is used to filter out the pollutants, is treated again and the extracted residue is disposed of on land. 60 cubic metres of scrubber wastewater or more can be removed from the ships each time.
Located close to Kiel Harbour and with a fleet of modern vacuum trucks, REMONDIS Industrie Service is able to provide a fast and flexible service when it comes to removing and treating scrubber wastewater
The so-called sludge – thick, polluted heavy fuel oil – is extracted from the ship by vacuum trucks and then transported to treatment facilities. Between 1,000 and 10,000 litres of sludge can be generated every day, depending on the size of the ship. Bilge water is simply water that accumulates in the ship’s bilge, at the very bottom of the hull. This may contain saltwater, cooling water and fuel as well as lubricating oil, soot and dirt.
The BSH (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency) is currently working on plans to make it obligatory for all ships travelling on the Baltic Sea to have exhaust gas cleaning systems installed. As REMONDIS Industrie Service’s Klausdorf branch is located just ten minutes from Kiel Harbour and has a fleet of modern vehicles, it is able to respond rapidly whenever scrubber wastewater and sludge need to be removed from ships. “As we now have nine vacuum trucks, we can provide our Kiel Harbour customers with a really flexible service – performing waste management tasks as and when they need them,” commented branch manager, Maximilian Lammerding. REMONDIS Industrie Service is the only waste management specialist near Kiel Harbour able to treat such waste.