Ensolve Biosystems supplies bilge water treatment system for MARAD’s reserve fleet

(RALEIGH, NC — October 15, 2007) EnSolve Biosystems has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to supply a PetroLiminator Oil Water Separator for treating bilge water from its fleet service craft at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, California.

The patented PetroLiminator system uses a three-stage process to treat the oily water. In the first stage, free-phase oil is separated and removed to a collection tank, where it can be recycled or burned. In Stage II, the oily water passes through a bioremediation chamber containing hydrocarbon-degrading microbes, which “consume” the emulsified oil droplets. The final stage provides final clarification and continuous monitoring of the effluent to ensure it meets clean-water standards prior to discharge.

Founded in 1995, EnSolve Biosystems (www.ensolve.com) is a biotechnology company based in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The company produces proprietary biologically based treatment systems to address oily bilge water and process waste streams, as well as bioenzymatic degreasers and oil-spill cleanup products. The patented PetroLiminator products have been in commercial service since 2000. In 2001, EnSolve received the prestigious Seatrade Award for marine pollution abatement.

By Professional Mariner Staff