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RIVERTRACE ADVISES TO MONITOR WASHWATER

Thursday, May 30, 2019 

Ahead of the incoming Global Sulphur Cap restrictions that will impose a ban on all marine fuels with >0.50% sulphur content from January 1, 2020, monitoring technology firm Rivertrace has published a technical white paper that focuses on scrubber technology options and washwater monitoring.

The white paper – to scrub or not to scrub , provides the industry with a useful guide to all the available options for compliance, with particular focus on scrubbers and IMO washwater monitoring guidelines. The paper also explores the impact of sulphur emissions from ships, the chemistry of scrubbing sulphur from exhaust gases and the benefits associated with scrubber use.

As an advocate for environmental compliance, the UK-based company is working to ensure that shipowners are well-informed on current guidelines for scrubber washwater monitoring as the debate around the use of scrubbers by ships rages on.

Mike Coomber, Managing Director of Rivertrace said: “We have seen recent bans on scrubber operation in some ports because of the washwater discharge issue. However, there is acceptance that the continued use of scrubbers by ships may depend on being able to prove that washwater quality is constantly monitored and shown to meet appropriate standards.

 “The fact that scrubber washwater remains to be the only discharge of its type not subject to the same standards as discharges from other shipboard systems means that it will almost inevitably lead the requirement of mandatory monitoring Therefore, ship owners must be well-informed of washwater monitoring equipment options and those used by scrubber manufacturers in order to ensure compliance with future standards.” 

The white paper can be read in full here.

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