Phosphorus flows on ships: Case study from the Baltic Sea
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018
Material flow analysis is used to identify and quantify the flow of phosphorus (P) in ship-generated food waste and wastewater.
Passenger, cruise, RoPax and cargo ships in the Baltic Sea were investigated in three scenarios: (1) if all waste is
discharged to sea, (2) if all waste is disposed of ashore or (3) if the food waste fraction is disposed of ashore and wastewater
is treated on-board. About 107 tonnes of P is generated annually in the waste streams, with highest contribution
of approximately 62 tonnes (58%) from wastewater in the ship-category RoPax. Approximately 24 tonnes of P is contained
in the food waste generated by the ships in the study. Forthcoming regulations over allowed nutrient concentrations
in sewage will lead to 80% reduction in P from passenger ships and can reduce about 31 tonnes of P entering the
Baltic Sea environment. If both sewage and grey water instead are offloaded in port reception facilities, about 76 tonnes
of P-reduction to the sea can be reached. As most phosphorus recovery practices currently only are available on land it
is recommended to direct the waste streams to port reception facilities for further treatment ashore.
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