The Marshall Islands Registry on Wednesday (7 October) published an advisory from the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment (NZ MFE) requesting shipowners/operators operating in NZ territorial waters, to avoid discharging scrubber washwater close to shore as a precautionary measure.
The notice advised shipowners/operators to utilise alternate options such as:
At present, EGCS residues generated must be delivered ashore to reception facilities. Coastal States may impose unique requirements for scrubbers, said the NZ MFE.
IMO’s current guidance on washwater discharge criteria, IMO Resolution MEPC.259(68), may be
revised in the future as more data becomes available on the contents of the discharge and its effects, it added.
NZ’s guidance on the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) is available here.
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