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ABS updates Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems

24 Jul 2018

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Tuesday updated its Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems (Scrubber Advisory) to provide for deeper insights into installation and operational considerations for existing vessels.

“Many in industry are still evaluating their 2020 Global Sulfur Cap compliance options, trying to determine their most cost-effective and operationally suitable solution,” said ABS Senior Vice President Technology and Engineering, Derek Novak.

“As the 2020 compliance deadline nears, we are seeing an uptick in new orders for scrubbers for both new construction and existing vessels.”

Installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), commonly referred to as scrubbers, is a potential solution for owners looking to comply with the upcoming requirements.

The updated Advisory provides background on the different types of available scrubber technologies along with the associated installation and operational challenges during new construction and retrofitting of existing vessels.

Last month, ABS released the Advisory on Marine Fuel Oil, to provide in-depth technical guidance covering a range of topics, from fuel properties to operational risks to potential preparations.

ABS also published the ABS Guide for Exhaust Emission Abatement which applies to vessels fitted with an exhaust emission abatement system, including SOx scrubbers, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission control.

Photo credit: EGCSA
Published: 25 July, 2018

 

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