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CSA 2020 ‘deeply concerned’ on open-loop scrubber ban at ports

15 Jan 2019

The Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 is “deeply concerned” on recent media reports concerning open-loop scrubbers, says its newly appointed Executive Director Ian Adams, the former Chief Executive of International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).

“There has been a lot of loose speculation about the environmental benefits of these systems; conjecture that obscures the fact that exhaust gas cleaning systems have a very positive net environmental impact on the maritime environment,” he said.

“We are deeply concerned that decisions are being made without the benefit of existing academic studies and research or any knowledge of the performance of these systems,” he said.

“Exhaust gas cleaning systems can have a profoundly positive impact on the port and ocean environment, in terms of improving shipping’s environmental footprint and reducing the health impact from airborne sources. After all, this is what the 2020 regulation aims to do. I am sure the early installers of scrubber technologies will at some point be considered visionary.”

Ian Adams is the current Chief Executive of UK-based association management company Maritime AMC (MAMCL) which has recently been chosen by CSA 2020 for secretariat services.

The membership body, whose members include more than 30 shipowning companies, was established last year to provide scientific-based information and research on the emissions abatement performance and environmental benefits of closed- and open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems.

“We are delighted to have been appointed as the management and administrative services company for this important and influential membership body,” notes Adams.

“Good governance and secretariat services are essential to the success and effectiveness of any growing membership body.

“As such, we will work with CSA 2020’s officers to widely promote its mission and ensure that all industry stakeholders – Flag States, Non-Governmental Organisations, Administrations and regulators – have a more balanced, informed view of the solutions available for complying with the introduction of the IMO Global Sulphur Cap in January 2020.”

CSA 2020 will hold its first General Assembly in February 2019 where its leadership team and officers will be formally elected. The Assembly will take place alongside the first CSA 2020 Conference on Marine Emissions Abatement.

Related: BIMCO: China has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers
Related: Argus Media: Singapore to ban discharge from open-loop scrubbers
Related: North P&I: List of ports banning scrubber discharges in waters
Related: EGCSA comments on Singapore open-loop scrubber wash water ban

Published: 15 January, 2019

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