The European Seaports Organization (ESPO) on Thursday (9 May) says it supports the EU proposal on harmonised rules for scrubber wash water discharge to be brought up at the upcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) meeting next week.
The proposal, which has been submitted by the EU 28 Member States and the European Commission, aims to start the discussion at international level on the discharges from scrubbers into the water, especially in sensitive areas such as ports.
European ports support the European plea for prompt and harmonised action on the basis of scientific evidence available, with regard to the impact of liquid discharges from scrubbers on water quality, states ESPO.
“Water quality is a great priority for European ports being continuously in the annual Top 10 of European ports’ environmental priorities,” says ESPO’s Secretary General, Isabelle Ryckbost.
“The scrubber discharges into the water is currently triggering different approaches and measures in the EU Member States.
“It is important to start the discussion at international level on the possible impact of these discharges as soon as possible in an open and transparent way, using the evidence available.
“This must lead to a more coordinated global approach to the issue, if possible. With the upcoming IMO 2020 sulphur cap, the issue is becoming a priority.”
Photo credit: © European Union, 2019
Published: 10 May, 2019
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