An innovative aerobic bioreactor, the Biomass Concentrator Reactor (BCR), initially developed for resilient pollutants (e.g. MTBE) removal from groundwaters was tested to remove organic contaminants from tanker ships' rinse waters collected at the dedicated treatment facility in an Italian Port. The size and reduced operational requirements of this process unit would make it an ideal means of disposing such contaminated matrix directly onboard a vessel. The results obtained in this study are encouraging both for the quality of the obtained effluents and for the limited operational costs and complexity.

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