4,000 shipowners need to know: Where is it O.K. to scrub?

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGSA) reports that the number of ships fitted with scrubbers when the IMO 2020 sulfur cap enters force on January 1, 2020 is expected to be 4,000. Among the beneficiaries, paradoxically, are those shipowners who have chosen to comply with the sulfur cap by using new low-sulfur blends, since the large number of ships using scrubbers is predicted to decrease demand for 0.5% sulfur fuel by some 18%.

Still, unilateral actions outside the IMO framework by some localities have raised uncertainties on where restrictions on the use of scrubbers may be imposed.


To help resolve those uncertainties and dispel inaccurate information, EGSA has launched a free-to-access global database concerning operating rules for EGCS. It takes the form of an of a world map with a zoom-in facility that makes it possible to identify individual wharfs and quays and see if there are any restrictions on the operation of EGCS in place. The database provides links and verified information on legislation or rules that have been imposed. The database includes verification inforamtion.

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (which represents shipowners who have invested in scrubbers) has approached numerous ports to identify any local rules on scrubber use. The International Chamber of Shipping has also sought feedback from its shipowner community.

The EGCSA database will incorporate the work of these organizations and any other interested groups, once verified.

You can access the data base via EGCSA’s website HERE

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