03. September 2010
The global shipping industry has been under pressure since long before the economic crisis. Rising costs and falling utilization of capacity are the prominent aspects of the fraught competitive situation. Even more now than ever, time is money, and consistent optimization of all operational processes is essential to survival. The pressure to meet repair and maintenance deadlines for freight ships is immense. Idle time for cleaning and renewing the outer shell coating is only a few days. Innovative technologies that efficiently treat process water offer a significant competitive advantage. Increasingly stringent environmental requirements, particularly in regard to waste water, mean that the washing water used in paint removal and its subsequent economic disposal play an even greater role. Legislators are currently working on stricter regulations intended to ensure complete proof of proper waste removal. An innovative mobile filter station has been introduced just in time: This trendsetting device minimizes the expense of treating waste water and properly disposes of the solid waste. The filter station was developed by the company Renetex S.r.L. in Bozen, which specializes in the development, production and sale of process water treatment equipment. The heart of the unit is the compact filter system MAXFLOW – made by GKD, Gebr. Kufferath AG – that combines filtration and briquetting in one device.