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Advanced water purification and advanced wastewater treatment (AWT / AWP) for passenger vessels

With the CleanSewage – Membrane Bioreactor (CS-MBR) RWO has developed an advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) system fit for the requirements of sustainable passenger shipping as well as other high-standard applications. The CS-MBR is type approved according to the regulation IMO MEPC.227(64) including chapter 4.2 for nitrogen and phosphorus removal within special areas. 

CS-MBR is the successor of the MEMROD-Series, RWO’s renown advanced water purification plant, with higher effluent quality and several operational advantages. The treatment process is divided into three steps: Solids are removed in the mechanical pretreatment, pollutants are degraded in the biological stage and in a last step, a membrane barrier ensures absolutely reliable separation of more than 99% of the solids, including microplastics. The submerged membrane system with extremely high mechanical strength and automated cleaning mechanism control make CS-MBR easy to operate and ensure long lifetime. The biological treatment process offers low OPEX due to low energy demand, low use of chemicals and thus a low production of solid byproducts/wastes.

The CS-MBR is based on a sustainable biological treatment technology that can be divided into three major process stages:

  • Mechanical Pretreatment 
  • High Performance Activated Sludge Biological Treatment
  • Submersed Ultrafiltration (UF) 

These modular technologies can be combined and scaled to meet individual customer requirements.

In the first stage, solids are removed from all incoming waste waters (blackwater, graywater from galley, accomodation, laundry, etc.). Grease separation for the galley water treatment can be added on demand. 

The second stage consists of a high performance activated sludge process: Controlled by intelligent aeration design, bacteria remove organic pollutants, nitrogen and phosphorus from the wastewater. To achieve minimum phosphorus concentrations in the effluent, excess phosphorus is precipitated by adding coagulant. 

In the third stage of the process, the clean water is separated from the activated sludge via a submerged membrane. While the water can pass through the membrane, sludge, bacteria, viruses and microplastics are held back (see picture). The resulting downstream water is clear, free of solids and already disinfected. 

CS-MBR is designed to minimize your vessel’s impact on the marine environment. The advanced water treatment plant provides highest effluent qualities as described in table X and thus exceeds the requirements of the International Marine Organisation (IMO MEPC.227(64) incl. 4.2). With our disinfection – add-on, even higher effluent standards as for example required for discharge in marine waters of the state ALASKA. Additional class notations like BV Clean, BV CleanSuper, DNV-GL CleanDesign and AWT-A/B can be issued on request. 

Typical effluent quality for cruise vessels CS-MBR

Parameter Description Unit Value
COD chemical oxygen demand mg/l 50
BOD biological oxygen demand mg/l ≤ 5
TSS total suspended solids mg/l ≤ 5
TC thermotolerant coliforms cfu/100ml 100
pH 6.5-8.5
TN total nitrogen mg/l ≤ 20
TP total phosphorous mg/l ≤ 1

Features and benefits

  • MEPC 227 (64) compliant including special areas
    • Certificate of Type Approval for Sewage Treatment Plants according IMO MEPC.227(64) issued under the authority of the Federal Republic of Germany by BG Verkehr
  • Low Footprint
    due to high performance activated sludge process and integrated solid separation 
  • Minimum Maintenance Work
    • automated membrane cleaning 
    • extremely high mechanical strength of the membranes
    • safe process design
    • user-friendly and intuitive operation
  • Sustainability and low OPEX
    • Membrane barrier
      • Removes more than 99 % of solids including microplastic
      • removal of bacteria and viruses – no chlorination needed 
    • No use of flocculants or chemicals for disinfection necessary
    • Low energy consumption and decreased use of chemicals
    • Low excess sludge production
CS-MBR Brochure

Product Range

Vacuum maceration pump station for marine sewage treatment plants.

State-of-Art Galley Water Pretreatment

Biological Sewage Treatment maximizing onboard space.