In order to provide some clarity regarding Port State Control, EMSA published a Q&A answering the most frequent questions on the ban list and on the banning procedures.
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.
The general cargo ship ‘Hak’ was detained in port Constanta, Romania, on 15 October 2019. This is its third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months, so the ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the region for three months.
According to IMO, exhaust gas scrubbers are a compliant method to reduce vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. Yet, some coastal states and ports have implemented local regulations with stricter measures that either restrict or prohibit the discharge of washwater from open loop scrubbers or prohibit the use of scrubbers, according to Gard.
The general cargo ship ‘MV Sara’ was detained in the Italian port Monfalcone on 3 September. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months. As this is the first refusal of access order, the period of the refusal of access will be 3 months.
While scrubbers are an attractive means of compliance with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap, equivalent to low-sulphur fuels, a recent surge in bans of open loop scrubbers in major ports worldwide seems to open new discussions, creating misconceptions surrounding the true environmental impact of these systems.
The Paris MoU announced detention of the general cargo ship ‘Lizori’ in Russian Port of Eysk on 19 July 2019. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship flies the flag of Moldova which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.
China’s maritime authority has issued a draft plan extending a ban on wash water discharge from open-loop scrubbers to more coastal regions from 2020. The ban follows an earlier restriction imposed in January 2019 on discharges from open-loop scrubbers in key emission control regions.
The Comoros-flagged general cargo vessel ‘Abdul G’ was banned from the Paris MoU region for failing to call at the repair yard in Turkey as agreed, following its detention and release earlier in June. The ship was detained in the Greek port of Thessaloniki on 30 April 2019 and was released on 12 June.
Paris MoU issued its annual PSC report, noting that the detention percentage of 3.15% in 2018 has significantly decreased compared to the 3.87% in 2017. The number of ships that received a banning order has also decreased from 32 in 2017 to 24 this year. ISM was again at the top of the five most frequently recorded deficiencies in 2018.
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