There are an estimated 50 million boats and ships in North America. Let’s conservatively assume that only one percent of these ships have inboard engines that leak oil into their bilge, at an average rate of half a quart per week. That’s more than 62,000 gallons of recoverable oil that must be somehow removed from bilges every week! And remember, that’s based on conservative estimates, in North America alone.

Many boat operators use absorbent pads to remove oil from their bilge. These pads are expensive, not to mention messy and time-consuming. Once used, the oil-soaked pads are sent to a landfill where they continue to degrade our environment for years, so it’s not so much solving the problem as transferring it.

More unscrupulous boat operators will dump their oily bilge water at sea. This practice is illegal in most developed countries, including the U.S., Canada and Australia – and rightly so. One Canadian study estimated that 300,000 birds are killed off the south coast of Newfoundland every year by illegally dumped oil.

Now, here’s the good news…

The FORS Bilge Oil Collector will automatically recover oil from a vessel’s bilge and store it in a reservoir that can be taken ashore for recycling as a valuable resource. Using our earlier example, that’s more than 3 million gallons of oil that could be recovered and recycled every year. Instead, most of it ends up sitting in a landfill or killing our marine animals.

Because the FORS Bilge Oil Collector costs just $899 and eliminates the need for expensive absorbent pads, it pays for itself in an average of six months.

It’s time to change our attitudes about bilge oil discharge.

The time to act is now.


Bilge Oil Recovery: Avoiding an Environmental Nightmare