UAE’s Fujairah Port is Latest to Ban Open-Loop Scrubbers

LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates has decided to ban the use of a type of ship exhaust cleaner, becoming the latest location to impose restrictions on so-called open-loop scrubbers, a port document showed. In recent months, many shipping companies have opted to fit scrubbers onboard their ships, ahead of major changes in the use of … [Read more...]

China Bans Discharge from Open-Loop Scrubbers in Some Waters

For now, the ban applies only to wash water discharges in inland ECAs, port waters in domestic emission control areas, and in Bohai Bay, but a full ban on open-loop scrubbers could be adopted soon.  BEIJING/SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - China's maritime authority has banned the discharge of "wash water" used in ships to strip hazardous sulphur emissions from … [Read more...]

Pollution-Busting Scrubbers Spark Uproar in Global Shipping

By Niclas Rolander (Bloomberg) -- They’re large, they’re expensive and they’re increasingly controversial. Scrubbers, a type of exhaust filter installed in ships, have been hailed by some as the key to efforts by the industry to comply with new pollution regulations due in 2020. Yet ports and shipping companies are starting to question their credentials when … [Read more...]

Scrubber Installation Picking Up Steam Ahead of IMO 2020

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - The number of exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) being installed on containerships is gathering pace, according to Drewry. It now accounts for 10% of the global fleet by teu capacity, and more than 40% of newbuild vessels are being fitted with the onboard fuel refineries. Currently there are 266 boxships fitted with scrubbers, for an … [Read more...]

Singapore to Ban ‘Wash Water’ Discharges from Open-Loop Scrubber Systems from 2020

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Singapore's Maritime Port Authority (MPA) will ban the discharge of "wash water" used in ships to scrub engine exhaust from Jan. 1, 2020, the MPA said on Friday. The ban of so-called open-loop scrubbers is part of an effort to prepare one of the world's busiest ports for International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules … [Read more...]