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Our History

An interactive timeline of Rivertrace Engineering’s history throughout the years for you to explore.

  • 1983

    RTE logo


    Rivertrace Engineering is founded!


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

  • 1989

    Oil In Water Monitor 1989 model


    Expansion into Offshore


    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.

  • 1990

    Rivertrace on Oilrig photo

    Commission of a OCD28


    Mike from Rivertrace finding himself offshore on an oil rig during the commissioning of a OCD28.

    The OCD 28 series was a OCD2 (range 0-30 ppm) with an autoclean system. Rivertrace also had an OCD 38 which was an OCD3 (range 0-200 ppm) with an autoclean system.

  • 1994

    Bilge Alarm OCD2


    OCD1 and OCD2 models superseded


    In 1994, the OCD1 and OCD2 were superseded by the OCD1M and OCD2M models.

  • 1995

    Oil In Water Monitor in 1995


    OCD10M launched

    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.

  • 1997

    Oil Monitor OCD-50M


    Celebrating the OCD50M


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

  • 2000

    On the production floor in Rivertrace

    The RTE Workshop expands


    As Rivertrace grows our workshop needs an even larger calibration rig!

  • 2000

    Oil content detector


    OCD CM introduced


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

  • 2001

    Oil Content Detector

    OCD CW designed


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

  • 2002

    Rivertrace offices

    RTE moves to new premises in Redhill


    Rivertrace expansion means it needed to move! We relocate to a new premises in Redhill which offers both larger office, administration and workshop space. These premises provide the base for Rivertrace to this very day.

  • 2003

    OCD Xtra


    OCD Xtra technology


    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.

  • 2004



    SMART BILGE replaces OCD CM


    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, leaded to the development of the SMART BILGE to replace the OCD CM . The “Smart-Bilge” monitor was launched in 2004 to comply with the new IMO resolution MEPC 107 (49) applicable from the 1st January 2005.

  • 2005

    Smart OCDE


    A new Smart ODME design


    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.

  • 2006

    Smart Safe


    The Smartsafe Bilge Overboard Security System


    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.

  • 2007

    Rivertrace finalist photo




    Rivertrace was a finalist in the 2007 Lloyds List Clean Sea Awards. This is our management team looking very happy …

  • 2008

    Mike in 2008

    Mike at 25!


    Mike Coomber reaches the grand total of 25 years as the Managing Director and Owner of Rivertrace. Throughout these years he has been the engineering brain behind all of our development and the smiling face at exhibitions.

  • 2010

    Rivertrace presenting in 2010


    Showcasing the SMART ODME


    Our Sales Director Graham North is showcasing our complete SMART ODME system at SeaWorks Asia

  • 2012

    Smart 50M


    SMART 50M launches


    Rivertrace launches the SMART 50M to replace the OCD 50M as a boiler condensate monitor

  • 2013

    Smart Cell meeting photo

    Training session in China


    Training session with new Agent Winkong Marine Engineering in China

  • 2013

    Smart PFM 107


    Knowledge Transfer Programme with Brighton University


    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).

  • 2014

    Smartsafe Orb


    Smartsafe ORB


    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.

  • 2015

    2015 Mike presenting


    Agents Seminar in Greece


    Rivertrace hosts its first Agents Seminar in Athens Greece with our principal agent Technava

  • 2016

    Bio Fuel Approved logo


    Bio Fuels


    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

    Rivertrace logo


    RTE becomes Rivertrace Limited


    Rivertrace is restructured and rebranded from Rivertrace Engineering Limited (RTE) to Rivertrace Limited.

  • 2018

    Rivertrace Golf Day 2018

    Golf Day!


    The Rivertrace Golf Day in May 2018. The sun was shining an all handicaps tested!

  • 2018


    Addition of the Smart WiO


    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.


  • 2019

    Smart ESM Measuring Cell


    Scrubber Washwater monitoring


    With the pending sulphur cap regulations in sight, Rivertrace used their marine

    experience to develop a unique Smart ESM as per MEPC 259(68) to monitor the Scrubber Washwater for PAH, Turbidity, and pH.

  • Today

    Rivertrace 2018 birthday photo


    Today, and tomorrow!


    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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