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In the early years the initial Rivertrace product range comprised two 15ppm oily water separator monitors, our OCD1 and OCD2 models.


In 1989 the company expanded into the offshore industry, producing a range of custom-made oil-in-water analysers for a variety of applications. As a result we quickly became a leading supplier to North Sea oilfield operators.


In 1994 the OCD1 and OCD2 were superseded by the OCD1M and OCD2M models.


In the early 1990s we received numerous requests for oil discharge monitoring systems from clients who thought that existing designs had room for improvement. In conjunction with our customers we drew up the specification for a new ODM that could not only meet IMO regulations, but still improve on the performance of equipment available at that time.

The Rivertrace Oil Discharge Monitor OCD10M was launched in late 1995.


OCD50M the highly sensitive and successful OCD50 series for boiler condensate monitoring.


The OCD1M and OCD2M were replaced by the OCD CM in response to the introduction of IMO resolution MEPC 60(33) in 2000.


In 2001 the OCD CW was designed as a low cost solution for simple cooling water monitoring applications.


The OCD Xtra technology to combine multiple light wavelengths with multiple sensor technology was developed to accurately measure the oil content in the blackest of produced water.

The IMO resolution MEPC 107 (49) for the revised guidelines and specification of pollution prevention equipment for machinery space bilges of ships was adopted in July 2003, lead to the development of the SMART BILGE to replace the OCD CM.


In 2004 the “Smart-Bilge” monitor was designed and launched to comply with the new IMO resolution MEPC 107 (49) applicable from the 1st January 2005.


As a result of the changes in IMO regulations and the introduction of MEPC 108 (49) – also applicable from 1st January 2005 – a new ‘Smart ODME’ design was introduced featuring advanced measuring principles.


The Smartsafe Bilge Overboard Security System was developed in response to our customers’ worldwide requests and requirements for additional security from the industry issues of Magic Pipes.


In 2013 we completed a Knowledge Transfer Programme with Brighton University to develop the technology of Microscopy to measure oil content in a sample stream. From this we launched our SMART PFM 107 accredited to MEPC 107 (49).


The SMARTSAFE ORB is the next generation of the Smartsafe. This system records the oily water discharge process of any Oil Water Separator (IMO – MEPC 60.33 or 107.49) thus avoiding the common mistakes of manual entries and log variations in the oil record book.


The amendment of MEPC.240(65) to the MEPC 108(49) come into force on the 1st January 2016 which means vessels carrying bulk blends of petroleum oil and bio fuels require a compatible ODME system. In response to this Rivertrace updated our SMART ODME to include Bio Fuels as per MEPC 240 (65).

2016 also was the year Rivertrace restructured and rebranded from Rivertrace Engineering Limited (RTE) to Rivertrace Limited.


With the pending sulphur cap regulations in sight, a popular solution for shipowners to ensure compliance is to install an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS), also known as scrubbers. Rivertrace developed the Smart ESM as per MEPC 259(68) to measure and record the PAH, Turbidity, Temperature and pH of the wash water being discharged.

Rivertrace expanded their product range with the addition of a new Smart WiO – Water in Oil sensor that continuously monitors dissolved water content in oil allowing ship operators to proactively limit the risk of engine and machinery corrosion.


Today the company employs approximately 30 people at our 10,000 sq. ft. factory close to Redhill, 20 miles south of central London. Our global network of agents ensures local service and support worldwide.

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