Bilge Pumps

Bilge Pumps

Bilge Water

The word is sometimes also used to describe the water that collects in this area. Water that does not drain off the side of the deck or through a thru hull, typically via a scupper, drains down into the ship into the bilge. This water may be from rough seas, rain, leaks in the hull or stuffing box, or other interior spillage. The collected water must be pumped out to prevent the bilge from becoming too full and threatening to sink the ship

Bilge water can be found aboard almost every vessel. Depending on the ship’s design and function, bilge water may contain water, oil, urine, detergents, solvents, chemicals, pitch, particles, and other materials. Discharge of bilge liquids may be restricted and for commercial vessels is regulated under Marpol Annex I

By housing water in a compartment, the bilge keeps these liquids below decks, making it safer for the crew to operate the vessel and for people to move around in heavy weather

Bilge Pumps

Bilge pumps need to be able to deal with all of the above and at times of crisis this could be the difference between life and death. The components making up the pumps need to consider that chemical and abrasive minerals could affect their operation. The seals and composition of the pumps need to accommodate these harsh conditions and operate to save lives

Bilgewater can contain oils, particulates, seawater and other harsh product