Project Description


Technology Center: EnergyLab
Sector/s: Maritime
Partners: ARVI
Date: 2019 / 2020
CallPleamar Program – Fundación Biodiversidad
Scope I+D+i: Energy & Sustainability


The INERTIMAR project has as its main objective the development of a new in situ inertisation system for fish viscera for safe discharge using the residual thermal energy produced by the engines of the ships. This will be addressed from 3 specific objectives:

  • Know the problems associated with anisakis and other parasites, the limitations of the solutions currently available and the target fleet.
  • Design and build a prototype for the inertisation of fish parasites, by taking advantage of the residual heat from ships, adapted to the needs of its on-board installation.
  • Transfer the technical and organizational knowledge acquired in the project to the fishing sector.


The return to the sea of viscera generated in fishing parks, and their incorporation into the food chain, substantially increases the chances that this parasite successfully completes its biological cycle and, consequently, the fish biomasses are increasingly affected. The only strategy to contain this trend is to treat the viscera before discharging them into the sea. The INERTIMAR project presents two aspects of action against the environmental threats posed by the evisceration on board of fish by the fishing fleet:

  • On the one hand, energy use of residual heat that would otherwise be lost, with the consequent economic savings and the polluting reduction of CO2 emissions compared to other systems.
  • On the other hand, truncated of the parasite reproduction cycle, by elimination of these.