Rivertrace Smart Bilge 15PPM Oil Content Monitor


Separator Spares & Equipment, LLC is an approved verification center, in accordance with the recommended operating instructions from Rivertrace Engineering Ltd. We are trained in the installation, verification, operation, faultfinding, commissioning, and maintenance of Rivertrace Smart Bilge & OCD CM Bilge Monitors.  We can provide a Verification Certificate, on-site and/or in-shop, for your Rivertrace Smart Bilge and OCD CM Bilge Monitors.

Separator Spares & Equipment supplies oily water treatment systems manufactured by Compass Water Solutions, which include ULTRA-SEP, HELI-SEP, and Sarex VG-SEP. These oily water separators utilize the Rivertrace Smart Cell Bilge Alarm. When ordering spares, it is important to supply details of the type of monitor, serial number of monitor, part numbers of each spare required, its description, and any other relevant information.

Rivertrace Smart Bilge 15 PPM Oily Content Monitor

Rivertrace manufacture oil content monitors for the marine, offshore, and industrial markets with up-to-date technological engineering solutions to meet strict regulatory requirements.

The Rivertrace “Smart Cell” oil content monitor meets the requirements of MEPC.107(49) for monitoring three oil types: HFO, Diesel, and Emulsions. By utilizing the “Smart Cell” Detector Array Technology, technology developed by Rivertrace, the OCM analyzes all three oil types simultaneously, without the need for re-calibration. A manual cell clean device is included as a standard to easily enable routine maintenance. Optical cell fouling is recognized as a leading cause of monitor malfunction or incorrect reading. By simple operation of the manual clean device, the Smart-Cell remains in optimum operating condition.

The Rivertrace SMART CELL – BILGE Monitor has been designed specifically for use in conjunction with 15ppm oily-water separator units. It has a specification and performance which meets the requirements of the International Maritime Organization specifications for Bilge Alarm Units contained in Resolution MEPC.107(49). Analysis of the oily water sample is undertaken by a unique detector array arrangement. A narrow beam of light is emitted across a glass cell tube through which the oily water sample passes through. Light scattered and transmitted is detected across the array and passed through a complex oil content calculation algorithm. The resulting oil content is then displayed on the LCD screen.

To meet the new requirements of MEPC.107(49) an onboard flash memory, Real-time clock, dual switch input, and clean water/sample selection valve are fitted.

Models and Specifications

Components of Rivertrace Smart Cell-Bilge Oil Alarm


The RIVERTRACE SMART CELL – BILGE Monitor is split into two logical modules. The display/control module (2) (left) contains the membrane keypad, LCD display, and the Smart Bilge Control PCB. Contained on this PCB are all the control and data storage associated electronics in addition to all the customer terminations which can be accessed via the cable glands (5). This PCB links a 5 volt supply and RS485 communications to the Cell electronics via a 4 wire interface cable.

The RIVERTRACE SMART CELL (1), contains the optoelectronics and mechanics used in the calculation of the sample oil content. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE IS THIS ENCLOSURE TO BE OPENED. Sample (7) and clean water (8) lines are connected to the solenoid valve to allow automatic selection of clean water for clean water calibration and diagnostics. Sample/Clean water is exhausted from the monitor via the outlet (6) after passing through the measuring sensor. A manual cell clean unit (3) is provided which must be used in accordance with the maintenance requirements in Section 5 of the Rivertrace Smart-Cell Bilge Oil Alarm Instruction Manual. The throttle (9) can be used to increase or decrease the backpressure in the cell. This is especially useful if air is present in the sample.

Yearly Maintenance for Rivertrace Smart Cell-Bilge Oil Alarm

At yearly intervals (or where necessary) the wiper ring on the manual clean assembly should be replaced. This can be ordered from Separator Spares & Equipment with part number 109039 (P/N: 109039 Cell Wiper Ring).

To remove the wiper assembly, electrically isolate the monitor. Have some rags available to wipe up any spills. Ensure that the oily water separator is switched off and there is no flow through the monitor cell.

Isolate clean water supply and remove manual cell clean unit by using the knurled cap to unscrew it. Pull the manual clean from the cell in a vertical motion and wipe with a rag. Locate the wiper and prise off with a small flat-bladed screwdriver. Fit the new wiper by pushing it against a flat surface and rotating the manual clean at the same time.

Refit the manual clean into the cell and de-isolate power and water supplies.

If required by your environmental or quality policy, it is possible to verify the accuracy of the monitor by purchasing a Calibration Verification Kit (P/N: 109996 Calibration Verification Kit).

5 Year Maintenance for Rivertrace Smart Cell-Bilge Oil Alarm

Every IOPP Certificate Renewal Survey, (every 5 years): Every IOPP Certificate Renewal Survey, the Smart Measuring Cell should be recalibrated or replaced. In order to recalibrate, it must be removed and returned to Rivertrace’s UK for factory recalibration, or the Smart-Measuring Cell only can be replaced, thus providing a new calibration certificate. It may be determined at the time of recalibration by the factory that additional parts are needed. It is our recommendation to purchase a new replacement Rivertrace Smart-Measuring Cell (P/N: 109171 Spare Smart Cell Assembly Bilge), as this is the most economical and quickest solution.

The Rivertrace Smart Cell Bilge Alarm has been designed specifically for use in conjunction with 15ppm oily-water separator units. 

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