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Will the ban be brilliant business?

August 31, 2011

The July adoption by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of HELCOM’s proposal to ban all sewage discharge from passenger ships will significantly reduce the ship-borne nutrient load on the Baltic Sea. An estimated 63- and 88-percent reduction could be achieved in the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland respectively once the regulations are enforced. New port reception facilities are to be replaced before 2015 whereas new and old ships must be upgraded before 2016 and 2018 respectively.

The technology and methods to treat and receive this waste have been around for a long time, although the research for the Sea of Inventions project shows that there has been a rapid growth in the technology development from the early 90s and on. Retrofitting all old ships before 2018 ought to be brilliant business for producers of this technology. Our statistics show that there aren’t very many European companies among the top applicants. With a home market like the one coming up in the Baltic Sea region, they might want to spend a little more time in their workshops.

Patent applications per year in maritime waste water treatment


Patent application per country in maritime waste water treatment


Top patent applicants in maritime waste water treatment


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