Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times was present at the ‘Low Sulphur Bunker Fuel 2020: Assessing Readiness of Malaysian Ports to Become Leading Bunkering Hub’ conference held in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (20 August):
Malaysian ports will likely introduce a ban on the discharge of wash water from open loop scrubbers in its waters, similar to neighbouring Singapore, suggests the General Manager of Johor Port Authority.
“What is Malaysia’s position on open loop scrubbers? My feeling is that we will probably follow Singapore’s way [as] being in Johor we share a common sea area it is quite natural for us to look at what our neighbour is doing as well,” Muhammad Razif Ahmad told delegates at the ‘Low Sulphur Bunker Fuel 2020: Assessing Readiness of Malaysian Ports to Become Leading Bunkering Hub’ conference on Tuesday (20 August).
Singapore, as a party to MARPOL Annex VI, is providing reception facilities for the collection of residues generated from the operation of scrubbers. Similarly, Ahmad noted there is enough capacity and service providers to handle scrubber wash water disposal in Malaysia.
“We have 11 licensed companies that are able to provide waste disposal services to all ships either in Port of Tanjung Pelepas or in Pasir Gudang,” he said.
“We have three reception facilities around Pasir Gudang area. Obviously the main reception facility is at Kualiti Alam in Seremban.
“So, should there be scrubber residues we are quite prepared to manage the waste.”
Singapore's ban on the discharge of wash water from open loop scrubbers will take effect from 1 January, 2020 onwards.
Ships fitted with open-loop scrubbers calling at Singapore will be required to use compliant fuel while vessels fitted with hybrid scrubbers will be required to switch to the closed-loop mode of operation.
The ‘Low Sulphur Bunker Fuel 2020: Assessing Readiness of Malaysian Ports to Become Leading Bunkering Hub’ conference is hosted by Port Klang and organised by the Maritime Institute of Malaysia.
Published: 23 August, 2019
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