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CSA 2020: Malaysian ban of open-loop scrubbers ‘likely not science-based’

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. 

Malaysia prohibits open-loop scrubbers

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.

Malaysian ports are an attraction for Nokia’s 5G systems

Reuters reports that Nokia aims towards Malaysian ports in efforts to bring its 5G technology market in the area and prepare the Southeast Asian country for the launch of a fast mobile internet service next year. Nokia is expected to face challenges due to the fact that China’s Huawei has already signed 5G deals with telecoms firms in Malaysia as it battles a U.S. blacklist. 

Refineries unable to receive crude oil at Malaysia’s Port Dickson

Refineries at Port Dickson on Malaysia’s west coast are unable to receive crude oil after the single point mooring (SPM) unit, a facility that carries crude from the ships to the plants, broke down. The SPM connects to a refinery operated by Hengyuan Refining Company Bhd (HRC).

Port of Tanjung Pelepas plans to expand

Malaysia supports the plan by the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) to expand its operations and capacity. As Transport Minister Anthony Loke said, the Port will play a crucial role in attracting investments in several sectors to the southern part of Malaysia.

Pirates attack LNG tanker off Johor

In its weekly report for 10-16 September, ReCAAP ISC  informed of one piracy incident against the Isle of Man-flagged LNG tanker ‘British Contributor’ on 8 September, while the ship was anchored at approximately 15 nm east of Johor, Malaysia in the South China Sea.

Petronas calls Malaysia to boost transition to greener fuels

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) aspires to convince the Malaysian government to provide incentives in order to support the use of cleaner fuels in the maritime industry, according to vice president LNG marketing and trading, Ahmad Adly Alias.


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