More port scrubber bans announced

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 22 January 2020


Standard P&I Club has advised members of two new scrubber bans this week affecting discharge of wash water in ports.

In one advice, Standard says the Port of Karachi in Pakistan has joined the list of ports effecting a ban on discharge of wash-water from open-loop scrubbers. As per circular no. 001/2020 issued by the Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Maritime Affairs (Ports & Shipping Wings) ‘The discharge of wash-water from open-loop scrubbers is prohibited in Port. While in the Port, vessels fitted with hybrid type of scrubbers should switch to the closed-loop mode of operations. As for vessels fitted with open-loop scrubbers, they would need to switch over to compliant fuel instead.


The circular advises ships to carry out this switch-over well in advance of the ship’s arrival in port waters, so that any operational issues can be identified and dealt with before the ship enters Pakistani waters.

The second advice affects vessels calling to Bahrain. The Kingdom of Bahrain has issued a Marine Notice referring to orders to Bahraini and foreign flagged vessels calling at Bahraini ports or operating in Bahraini waters, intending to use a scrubber. The notice requires that ‘EGCS units should be approved by flag authority or a recognised organisation and issued with the relevant IMO Compliance Certificate.

Discharge of EGCS washwater is to be monitored and recorded. Such discharge is prohibited within Bahrain port limits and anchorage area. Discharging washwater from open loop scrubbers is not permitted into Bahraini territorial water and exclusive economic zone unless it complies with IMO 2015 guidelines. The notice provides a list of required EGCS documentation required to be kept onboard.

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