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SINGAPORE SET TO BAN OPEN-LOOP SCRUBBERS

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has indicated it could ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in an effort to protect the Lion State’s marine eco-system.

Speaking during an opening address at the Singapore Registry of Ships (Srs) Forum 2018, MPA CEO Andrew Tan said: “To protect the marine environment and ensure that the port waters are clean, the discharge of wash water from open-loop exhaust gas scrubbers in Singapore port waters will be prohibited.”

He furthered that ships fitted with open-loop scrubbers calling at Singapore will be required to use compliant fuel, while those vessels fitted with hybrid scrubbers will be required to switch to the closed-loop mode of operation. “Singapore, as a party to MARPOL Annex VI, will be providing reception facilities for the collection of residues generated from the operation of scrubbers,” he said.

During his address, Mr Tan said that Singapore is helping the industry prepare for the global sulphur cap, the emission abatement legislation the International Maritime Organisation will in introduce in January 2020, with a comprehensive action plan.

This includes the publication of two technical guides, one for Singapore-registered ships and another one for ships calling at the Port of Singapore. The booklets provide detailed guidance and best practices for ships to comply with the IMO 2020 regulations, as well as the requirements and procedures that ships have to abide by when calling at Singapore.

Mr Tan added that in addition to these guidance booklets, “we will be issuing another set of guidance by the second quarter of 2019, detailing Singapore’s readiness for the IMO 2020 regulations, covering topics such as fuel availability in Singapore, reception facilities for scrubber residues, and enforcement measures, bearing in mind the need to ensure there is no disruptive impact to shipping, which we are highly conscious of.”

The MPA will also be organising various engagement platforms to address any concerns that the industry may have in the run up to 2020 and beyond.

Next year, the MPA will hold a technical workshop jointly with SSA for SRS operators, and also an MPA-SSA industry panel discussion.

“As a major bunkering hub, we are working closely with our bunker suppliers to ensure that there will be adequate supply of compliant fuel oil in Singapore well in advance of 2020. We will produce a list of suppliers that are able to supply compliant fuel by the middle of next year,” said Mr Tan.

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