9th International Symposium on Treatment of Wastewater and Waste on Ships, November 26th, 2015 in Hamburg


SOWOS 9 Files



In 2015 the Development and Assessment Institute in Waste Water Technology at RWTH-Aachen University (PIA) arranged a symposium on the treatment of waste water and waste on ships in cooperation with the Ship Safety Division (BG for Transport and Traffic) and the German Shipowners' Association (VDR). The seas are the largest ecological system of the earth. And yet, seagoing vessels are typically used in long-distance traffic and are not limited regionally. Thus, all involved parties need to set common goals and cooperate internationally in order to protect the seas.
Only in this way can solutions be found. In previous symposiums about sewage, bilge and ballast water and flue gas cleaning, the participants had become aware of the need for substantial discussion on all of these topics. Due to this demand, PIA and its partners had decided that a 9th Symposium should be arranged.
SOWOS is a conference for all the parties involved (authorities, certifying bodies, constructors, operators, shipowners, ship yards, etc.). SOWOS enables discussions between all participants in an informal meeting. In addition to the symposium, there was also a trade exhibition.

SOWOS 9th's Topics

MARPOL Annex IV and MEPC.227(64) requirements
Port reception facilities
Scrubber residues

Conference program can be downloaded here (PDF).

Official Language

The official language of the conference was English and is used in correspondence, presentations and publications.

Venue of the Conference

The conference was held at Handwerkskammer in the City of Hamburg, Germany. On the evening of November 25th 2015, there was a "warm-up" at the Kleinhuis Restaurantschiff Bergedorf in Hamburg.

Directions to Handwerkskammer in the City of Hamburg are available: here


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