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Proposed Standard Guide Will Support Effective Marine Sanitation Systems

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A proposed ASTM International standard will support the effective operation, maintenance, and health of shipboard marine sanitation devices (MSDs). ASTM’s ships and marine technology committee (F25) is developing the proposed standard (WK73063). 

According to ASTM International member Todd Ripley, the proposed guide will provide information and clarity to support the health and maintenance of MSDs on maritime vessels. The guide would also include best practices to promote effective operations and performance throughout the lifecycle of a device. 

“The proposed standard guide will include identification of chemicals and their derivatives that can be detrimental to MSD health and operations,” says Ripley. “The standard will promote better understanding of the impacts of certain chemicals on MSD systems, plus provide guidance to inform operators of best practices and procedures for effective operation and maintenance.” 

The proposed standard guide is designed to assist maritime operators, engineers, and MSD equipment manufacturers in collaboratively working to ensure effective system operation and maintenance.  

This effort directly relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 on clean water and sanitation. 

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Media Inquiries:
Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602;
Committee Contact: David Lee, tel +1.610.832.9681; 

Release #11038