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.
Program introduces periodic assessments, mass flow metering data analysis, and regular training for relevant key personnel to better handle the MFMS to ensure a high level of continuous operational competency.
U.S. Claims Register Summary recorded a total USD 833 million claim from a total 180 creditors against O.W. Bunker USA, according to the creditor list seen by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
Glencore purchased fuel through Straits Pinnacle which contracted supply from Unicious Energy. Contaminated HSFO was loaded at Khor Fakkan port and shipped to a FSU in Tanjong Pelepas, Malaysia to be further blended.
Individuals were employees of surveying companies engaged by Shell to inspect the volume of oil loaded onto the vessels which Shell supplied oil to; they allegedly accepted bribes totalling at least USD 213,000.
MPA preliminary investigations revealed that the affected marine fuel was supplied by Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd who later sold part of the same cargo to PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
‘MPA had immediately contacted the relevant bunker suppliers to take necessary steps to ensure that the relevant batch of fuel was no longer supplied. Further investigations are currently on-going,’ it informs.