Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 expressed disappointment in regard to Malaysia’s recently-announced decision to prohibit the use of open-loop scrubbers in its coastal waters, stressing concerns for shipowners who have already opted for scrubbers as a way of compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap.
2020 sulphur cap
In the wake of recent criticism for the adverse consequences of the use of scrubbers, as well as several port bans on open-loop scrubbers globally, Svein Ole Strømmen, chief operating officer of Clean Marine, cited scientific data proving safety of scrubbers and argued that these systems are useful for the green future of shipping.
Malaysia has banned the use of open-loop scrubbers on Malaysian waters. More specifically, ships are now prohibited from discharging washwater from open-loop scrubbers while operating in the country’s waters. As the government said, vessels calling to the Malaysian Ports are advised to change over to compliance fuel oil or change over to close loop system before entering Malaysian Waters and Ports.
The Tripartite Forum met in Tokyo discussing the rapidly changing shipping industry and what will follow in the near future, based on the environmental, economic and technological changes that the industry will face. The Forum notes that although the targets are achievable, it is important to implement better and clearer regulation to easier achieve the goals set.
The IMO stated that its Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships has made significant progress with work aiming to help achieve the ambitious targets of the initial IMO strategy regarding the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, further aiming at the decarbonization of the international shipping in this century.
Apart from the ambitious target of the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap set by the IMO, shipowners and operators must also take into considerations the greenhouse gas targets for 2030 and the emissions goals for 2050. ABS informs that the regulatory changes set for 2020, as well as those expected for 2030 and 2050, will be “more disruptive than any past environmental regulations.”
The IMO met in London this week, in order to discuss how the shipping industry can continue with its decarbonization plan. IMO agreed that a goal-setting approach is the best way to reduce carbon emissions in the short-term, while full details of the approach will be resolved next year.
During an interview with Bloomberg, Maersk’s CEO, Soren Skou, talked about all the current issues that the shipping industry is facing, as well as how Maersk will be dealing with the 2020 sulphur cap. As for the ways it will comply with the regulations, its fleet will start using cleaner fuels during December, while the company has already built up stock and supply contracts.
TORM informed that as seen across the entire industry, the company has experienced some delays in recent scrubber installations. For this reason it decided to postpone some installations to the first and the second quarter of 2020, in order to reduce the risk of further delays, and also to use the current strong market.
The UK Chamber’s of Shipping Policy Director, Anna Ziou, calls for collaboration amid approaching 2020 sulphur cap, awaiting for the IMO meeting which will be the key to demonstrate the industry’s commitment in its GHG ambition.
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