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MAY 2015

PIPSA has two officially recognized IMO Reception Facilities
As of January 1, 2014 PIPSA has been listed by the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) as a company with IMO reception facilities in Panama. The AMP listed two PIPSA assets as providers of recycling reception facilities; Petroleos Independientes de Panama, S.A. (PIPSA) and PIPSA Terminals Corp.

PIPSA serves as the IMO reception facility in the Balboa anchorage through its vessel ECOMAR II and PIPSA Terminals is an IMO reception facility and tank farm in the port of Balboa( BOSS separator shown).

To reduce and eliminate pollution from ships, the provision of adequate reception facilities is an indispensable requisite. Marpol 73/78 requirements states that there must be adequate facilities to receive ship’s waste as part of the Conference for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships. “Governments shall ensure that the formalities for the use of reception facilities should be as simple and expeditious as possible in order to avoid undue delay of the ship”, according to Marpol.  As a collector and recycler of ship’s waste, PIPSA fulfills that role.

“PIPSA is pleased to have officially recognized facilities that are applicable to our customer’s needs. Our reputation continues to grow internationally along with our anchorage collections each month”, said PIPSA President Anthony Misetich.


May 2015 Cont.


PIPSA’s Process capabilities
The main problem with oily waste is that the consistency is never the same. Even when treating slops from the same source the feed consistency changes from batch to batch. PIPSA’s treatment systems are designed with the flexibility to cope with these continuously changing feed materials. PIPSA’s first task is to dewater the sludge oil that is collected and the company uses a special oil/water treatment system – a Westfalia oil/water separator. This system has the capacity to treat up to 31,000 gallons of oily water per day into clean water effluent. The system removes the oil from water by centrifugal forces spinning at 8,000 RPM to create a through separation. The clean water effluent is so clear that it resembles a glass of crystal clear drinking water. The effluent will contain less than 15 PPM of hydrocarbons. The water effluent is then supervised by a computer process oil monitor on the Westfalia system before being discharged into a holding tank for final verification testing before being discharged into international waters per IMO rules and regulations.PIPSA Drink water glass

Dewatered oil is then transferred to PIPSA’s 21,000 barrel capacity terminal at the mouth of the Panama Canal. PIPSA has a 20,000 metric ton atmospheric recycling unit that will process the dewatered oil from ship’s origin into a renewable fuel oil for ships and/or power generation facilities. In this way PIPSA offers the ship owner a way to dispose of sludge while keeping petroleum waste from illegally entering the environment.


Panama Canal continues investing in Maintenance 

Panama Canal continues investing in maintenance

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will invest in its fiscal year (FY) 2014 (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014) approximately US$238 million in maintenance of structures and equipment to continue providing an efficient service to the international maritime community.

“The key to the Panama Canal’s operational excellence is a combination of its committed workforce and constant maintenance,” Executive Vice President for Operations Esteban Saenz said. “Each year we dedicate significant resources to this aspect of the Canal.”

About to reach its centennial, the Canal guarantees its efficiency through the permanent maintenance and modernisation of its infrastructure. Approximately, US$2 billion have been invested since 2000.

The Panama Canal will continue the maintenance programs necessary to ensure the waterway’s optimal operating conditions. The main areas of maintenance include, among others, the navigation channel through dredging operations; the control of erosion and landslides; floating equipment such as tugboat, dredges, cranes and launches; the locks and their components; and the dams, landfills, power plants, buildings and facilities

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