Introduction to Operation OASIS

The massive waste water problem that currently pollutes our bathing waters costing £billions to process throughout the world can be used to irrigate and reforest desert coastlines to induce rainfall.

Our aim is to use the return ballast capacity of super crude carriers which currently transport sea water half way around the world at great financial and environmental cost. This ballast is discharged into the sea, often introducing invasive marine species which affects the stability of indigenous species of flora and fauna.

The E.U. is legislating against this practice and tanker operators will be forced to seek an alternative.

Operation OASIS offers an exciting opportunity for ballast water. Transporting treated waste water to irrigate and reforest arid coastlines to induce rainfall has to be the way forward.

One tanker loaded with 300000 cubic meters of treated waste water would support 57 hectares of forest for a whole year.

Reclaiming deserts to enable people to feed themselves and grow great forests will offset the carbon emissions from shipping.

With global food shortages upon us we are already feeling the strain on our pockets in the developed world and renewable resources are in rapid decline. Drought is affecting all major food producing countries and wells are running dry. Water scarcity poses major problems for us and our children. We need to act fast in order to avert a major global catastrophe.

When the mighty river Amazon dries up and it's fish stocks die it is time to take stock on how we manage our fragile environment. For more detailed information visit our website and forum at:

Sunday, 27 March 2011

INNOVATION | Waste water can boost tanker profits, says engineer

INNOVATION | Waste water can boost tanker profits, says engineer

A UK engineer is trying to convince tanker owners they can boost profits by carrying waste water as ballast on back-haul voyages.
This waste will eventually be used to irrigate arid desert coastlines and reclaim forests in countries like Egypt.
The scheme is the brainchild of Andrew Fletcher’s Oasis Solutions, which is due to present the idea at a meeting of the All Parliamentary Climate Change Group at London’s Houses of Parliament on 18 November.
Fletcher, with a background in heavy and mechanical engineering, has been trying to persuade water companies to ship waste water for 18 years.
But now he believes that recent below-break-even rates for VLCCs and ULCCs, as well as the impending scrapping of single-skinned tankers, means the time is right to hook owners up with ballast “cargoes.”
Sewage and farm waste effluent (mostly “grey water”) will be screened for plastics and all unwanted debris.
There will also be opportunities for tankers to act as storage vessels at either end of the supply chain.
Fletcher says he has no funding as yet, which is a key objective of the November meeting.
He told TradeWinds: “We do not have funding in place to move this project forward. Funding appears to be the main stumbling block and will only happen when politicians are onboard.”
He adds the advantages are clear: any crude oil residues will combine with the waste water, providing bio-digestion of tar build-up in tanks and helping clean them.
Seawater ballast would replace the partially digested cargo to finish the cleaning process en route to the next oil terminal.
There would also be a cost saving by avoiding sterilisation of ballast.
Oasis is seeking an initial £30,000 ($47,500) for Herts University to conduct a feasibility study.
“We have conducted a simple calculation that shows each chartered cargo of waste water could be paid for by the water companies and remove the need for land-based treatment, saving well over £500,000 per trip,” Fletcher added.
“This is turn would save each UK household £200 from their annual water bill.”
He adds the key now is to find out how much it would cost to pay a tanker owner who has a single-skinned ship awaiting scrapping or conversion to anchor the tanker for storage at the coast on either the recipient end or the donating end of the operation.
“We are hoping to obtain a paid anchorage cost for storing waste water in Venice, for example, and Egypt.”
Egypt already uses waste water for irrigation.

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