Specifically, Transport Malta notes that it is important that owners/managers ensure that their crews are familiar with the emissions and discharge limits in force in their trading areas.

Since the regulatory enforcement strategy may differ from one region/port to another, crews must be provided with clear procedures and guidance on this matter well in advance of the vessel’s intended area of operation and port of call

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Concerning vessels trading in areas where the discharge of scrubber washwater is not permitted, there are two options available to ensure compliance:

  1. to switch over to closed loop mode of EGCS operation in case of hybrid systems;
  2. changeover to compliant fuel.

Moreover, potential changeover should be carefully conducted in advance of the vessel entering the areas with prohibition or restrictions in place. Early changeover is highly recommended as this may help in identifying any operational issues that may arise and to take corrective actions in a timely manner.

Concluding, it is recommended that shipowners and operators of Maltese registered ships undertake the necessary actions to ensure that the systems are in compliance not only with the relevant IMO instruments but also with the regulations and the limits in force in their trading areas.