A COLLABORATIVE SOLUTION
To minimise global impact
The severe problems and ongoing threat that marine oil pollution poses to ecosystems and the marine biodiversity that sustain them are well documented. It is estimated that each year, the world’s commercial fleet of around 89,000 vessels, generates a total of 100 million tonnes of oily slops, of which a significant percentage is believed to enter the seas as a result of deliberate rogue discharges by a minority of operators.
It is essential that governments, businesses and other stakeholders should co-operate to hold all vessels to account, with a view to eliminating such oily discharges into the world’s oceans.
A threat to the biodiversity of
Discharge of waste oil or oil contaminated waste water is not only extremely harmful to the environment, it is illegal. So why do some mariners still decide to pollute?
High Levels of Maintenance
Oil water separators can be troublesome and demanding to manage due to a lack of knowledge or proper training, operational negligence and sometimes apathy
Time Consuming & Costly
Oily waste extracted by the bilge separator needs to be retained in a dedicated holding tank onboard and later incinerated and/or off-loaded in port
A wrong entry in the ship’s oil record book; a mismatch between oil record book reading and oil content monitor record can create trouble for a ship’s engineer
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
Synthetic DNA marking of marine oils
Forecast Technology’s unique synthetic DNA tracers have been designed as part of the solution to mitigate the problem of marine oil pollution in oceans and coastal waters located along the major maritime routes that handle global oil traffic.
Introducing synthetic DNA to a vessel’s cargos, bilge waste tanks and slops tanks acts as a finger print which can be used to identify any vessel’s unique registration number from a sample of marine oil recovered from the sea.
SUMMARY OF APPROACH
A matter of
Operational oil spills can be directly linked to a vessel, thus eliminating the persistent difficulties of convicting vessel operators suspected of polluting the ocean.
DNA marking and marine pollution
Our tracer technology is designed to support the management of operational shipping activity so as to more effectively protect the marine environment. Adoption of the Forecast Technology marking system promotes:
Reinforces best practise towards safeguarding the marine environment
Improved control of territorial waters, only “certified” vessels (carrying a tracer) are permitted entrance
Increased number of prosecutions for illegal discharging of oil and oily waste
Acts as a deterrent, a reluctance by vessel owners, captains and chief engineers to pollute
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