Scrubber makers call foul on port bans

Malcolm Latarche

30 January 2019

Following recent decisions on banning scrubbers in port and territorial waters, most notably the latest by the UAE port of Fujairah, the head of the body formed by scrubber manufacturers has hit out.

Don Gregory, director of the Exhausts Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA), said, “We are disappointed to learn of the ban by the Port of FujairahFujairah announces ban on open-loop scrubbers on open-loop scrubber wash water discharge. This is unfortunate at a time when the shipping industry is working hard to reduce sulphur emissions and may well lead to a setback in the progress already made in reducing emissions.

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The IMO carefully investigated exhaust gas cleaning systems before sanctioning their use to meet the 2020 global 0.5 sulphur cap. We urge other ports and other authorities to research the matter in depth before making hasty decisions inspired by exaggerated claims that may have a very significant, negative impact on the shipping industry and may also undermine the credibility of the IMO Marine Protection Environment Committee who spent time weighing all the sides of the argument before deciding to include compliance methods such as marine scrubbers in regulation 4 of MARPOL Annex VI.”

EGCSA was established in 2008 to help create a sustainable operating environment within the marine and energy industry sectors for exhaust gas cleaning system technologies, providing clarity and a rational voice for those companies interested in reducing marine exhaust gas emissions. A key objective for EGCSA is to develop and promote a high level of integrity and standards in exhaust gas cleaning, through knowledge transfer and interaction with regulators and other organisations.