The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Monday (14 October) published a scrubber advisory for Singapore-Registered Ships (SRS).
The advisory ‘Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (Scrubber) An Advisory for Singapore-Registered Ships’ serves to help SRS vessels operate safely and prevent pollution during installation and operation of scrubbers to meet the IMO 2020 sulphur limit.
The advisory also shares observations from shipboard inspections conducted by Flag State and Port State Control, and documents best practices of SRS vessel operators who had installed and operated scrubbers.
“This advisory does not delve into the selection of scrubber types, makes or models. Nor does it touch upon the selection of shipyards. Instead, this advisory serves to share some observations and best practices during installation, and when the scrubber is put into operation,” stated the document.
“The observations are mainly gathered from the shipboard inspections carried out in the course of our Flag State Control and Port State Control inspections. The best practices are gathered from the inputs and feedback provided by operators of Singapore-registered ships who had installed and operated scrubbers.
“These are shared so that operators of Singapore registered ships may take them into consideration during the installation and subsequent operation of scrubbers. The intent of this advisory is to help ensure the safe operation and pollution prevention of Singapore-registered ships. The choice of methodology for compliance with the IMO 2020 fuel oil sulphur limit remains the prerogative of each ship owner and operator.”
The advisory ‘Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (Scrubber) An Advisory for Singapore-Registered Ships’ can be downloaded here.
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 18 October, 2019
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