Oily Water Separator

Fairwater Education 28 minutes

An Oily Water Separator (OWS) is a piece of equipment used on board almost all marine vessels. It is used to separate oil and water mixtures into their separate components. They are found on board ships where they are used to separate oil from oily waste water, such as bilge water before the waste is discharged into the environment. These discharges of waste water must comply with the requirements laid out in MARPOL 73/78.

During this course, you will gain an understanding of Oily Water Separator (OWS) operations, and the working principles of the separator, including the Oil Content Monitor (OCM). You will also explore the sources of oily water, the regulations associated with discharging waste water, and the maintenance of OWS.



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Fairwater Education

Fairwater Education provides expertise in education, specialising in all aspects of maritime education and training needs across the sector. With experience across all educational settings, Fairwater Education aims to support the development of all individuals and organisations wishing to engage with continuous professional development. In order to achieve this, our team includes qualified and experienced educators, maritime industry backgrounds, qualifications to Masters Level and professional body Fellowships.

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  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 28 minutes
  5. Intended for: Any Officer, engineer or deck who may need to operate or conduct maintenance of the OWS.
  6. Reference: Based on parts of MARPOL 73/78