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A
company which claims to be the
first to develop technology to
turn slops into recycled marine
fuels says business is going from strength
to strength.
Ecoslops announced in December
that it had sold its first volume of marine
fuel when it sold 1,000 tonnes of marine
diesel oil, compliant with ISO 8217
standards, at market price to a European
bunker operator.
Following the initial import of a
shipment of 3,200 tonnes of marine oil
residues fromNorthern Europe, the
company imported a second shipment
of 3,000 tonnes and has now ramped up
operations at its refinery in the Port of
Sinès in Portugal.
“The first sale of MDO from recycled
slops and the importing of a second
shipment of 3,000 tonnes proves that
our Sinès industrial operation is working
well and highlights the validity and
sustainability of our business model,” said
Vincent Favier, CEO, Ecoslops.
“Fundamentally, we have shown that
we can produce substantial volumes of
high quality fuel oil, as demanded by
our customers. Based on this success, we
will be stepping up our programme of
developing new sites.”
The refinery was officially inaugurated
at the end of June last year after a phase
involving tests, product qualification and
the finalisation of the training of local
teams, and the processing plant began
industrial production of the first marine
fuel from slops. The site can process close
to 30,000 tons of slops each year.
Ecoslops has developed innovative
technology to recycle marine
hydrocarbon waste using a combination
of processes, technologies and in-
depth refining knowledge from the
petrochemical sector.
It collects slops fromwaste collectors
and ports as well as directly from ship
owners and operators. Hydrocarbons
are then pre-treated by decantation and
centrifugation before being processed into
a vacuumdistillation column and recycled
intomarine fuels and light bitumen. The
water produced is decontaminated in a
treatment plant before being returned to
the natural environment.
Mr Favier explained: “In the
current climate, waste collectors are
finding it increasingly difficult to sell
unprocessed slops and many ports do
not have sufficient collection or storage
infrastructure. For ship owners and
operators, it is highly cost-effective,
efficient and sustainable to be able to take
a waste product, for which the disposal
is strictly regulated and turn it into a
reusable marine fuel.
“Our focus now is on accelerating
production at the Port of Sinès by
collecting more slops locally and
through import, as well as further
developing our global infrastructure to
capitalise on the opportunities within
the global slops market.”
As part of the company’s
development, Ecoslops has strengthened
its senior teamwith the appointments
of Pascal Bonfils as Group Industrial
Director and Pedro Simões as General
Manager of the company’s Portuguese
subsidiary in Sinès.
Looking further forward, Ecoslops
is also continuing its work in developing
its facilities in the Ivory Coast in Africa as
well as identifying other opportunities in
the Mediterranean and Northern Europe,
which follow’s the company’s ambition to
bring in three more facilities by 2017.
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Ship Management International
Issue 60 March/April 2016
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