Malaysia Bans Open-Loop Scrubbers

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Malaysia has prohibited the use of open-loop scrubbers by ships plying Malaysian waters, as Southeast Asia's third-largest economy joins the growing number of nations adopting new industry guidelines on reducing sea pollution. New regulations from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will require shippers to adopt more … [Read more...]

Gard Highlights ‘Teething Problems’ Associated with Exhaust Gas Scrubbers

Ship owners and operators who have opted to retrofit their vessels with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, aka scrubbers, to comply with the upcoming IMO 2020 low sulphur fuel rules should be aware of hazards associated with the use of the systems in order to decrease the number of incidents in the future, Norwegian marine insurer Gard says. In a recent article posted to its … [Read more...]

Going Overboard? IMO 2020 Seen Shifting Pollution from Air to Sea

By Noah Browning LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - New global rules forcing ships to reduce air pollution by using cleaner fuels will see more sulfur and nitrates dumped into the oceans, analysts and civil society leaders say. From January 2020, the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) will ban ships from using fuels with a sulfur content above 0.5%, compared … [Read more...]

Scrubber Retrofitting Driving Spike in the Charter Market

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Ocean carriers are biting the bullet and agreeing charters for significantly higher daily rates as markets tighten ahead of IMO 2020. The IMO’s maximum 0.5% sulphur content regulation for maritime fuel becomes law in less than 120 days and is widely seen as a ‘game-changer’ for the shipping industry. Dry docks are said to be “full” of … [Read more...]

The 340-Mile Line of Ships Waiting to Clean Up

By Alex Longley (Bloomberg) Head to the shipyards of Shanghai, Singapore or Hamburg and you’ll soon find them full to the brim with vessels rushing to clean up their act. Over the course of this year, about 2,200 ships will install so-called scrubbers that allow them to keep burning more-polluting fuel that will otherwise be banned. Put all of those vessels in a line, and … [Read more...]