• Follow Us On Our Preferred Social Media Platform:

North P&I Club: No Scrubs: More ports declare ban on EGCS discharges *Update*

06 Oct 2020

The North P&I Club on Monday (5 October) published an update on the stands taken by international ports on the use of scrubbers and the allowance of EGCS discharge. Based on the earlier published chart, the following are countries that have been added to the list: 

Exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) – more commonly referred to as scrubbers – are an accepted equivalent measure in complying with the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap. The use of scrubbers has split the shipping industry. Ports around the world are looking at the impact of scrubber use in their waters.

A number of ports and regions have already stated that they will not allow the discharge of washwater from scrubbers. 

This information is to the best of our knowledge and is for guidance only. For up to date and definitive information, contact the local authorities or agents.

Country Port Open loop EGCS discharge allowed? Comments
Argentina All Yes – the prohibition is currently suspended

Regulation No. 15/2020 of the Environment Protection Bureau, which came into force on 10 August 2020 , prohibited the discharge of washwater from the exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) of national or foreign-flagged vessels into Argentinean jurisdictional, sea or river waters.

On 24 September 2020, Prefectura Naval Argentina issued Resolution DISFC-2020-22-APN-DPAM#PNA that suspended the enforcement of the above Resolution 15/2020. This resolution took effect from 3 October 2020.

IT&L Legal Consultants warn that this suspension is provisional, and the restrictions have not been permanently overturned.


Brazil All (except Vale terminals) Yes

Prior to 23 July 2020, advice received from local correspondents was “ based on existing provisions in national legislation, especially Law 9.966/00, the discharge of effluents generated by Scrubbers or Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) is not allowed and the vessel, when in Brazilian waters, must operate with fuel within specifications (sulphur content up to 0.5% m/m)”.

However, correspondents Brazmar advised on 23 July 2020 that the Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC) / Navy have changed their previous guidance on the topic, and that the discharge of wash water from open loop and/or hybrid Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) is allowed within Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters until the competent environmental authority has the opportunity to better assess the scenario.

This is under the assumption that the subject EGCS is approved by Class, has a plan for compliance of SOx emissions and is approved as per requirements of resolution MEPC.259 (68) of IMO.


Brazil Vale ports and terminals No

Vale instruct arriving vessels that the discharge of EGCS washwater is not allowed while operating in its Brazilian ports and terminals.

Vale recommends that vessels should be changed over to compliant fuel before entering contiguous zone or coastal waters (24 nautical miles from coastline).

India Adani Ports No

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd has issued a circular advising that the discharge of washwater from open-loop scrubbers is prohibited.

The instruction, which can be read here includes:

    • vessels fitted with hybrid type of scrubbers should switch over to closed loop mode of operations before entering port limit
    • vessels fitted with closed loop can continue using the system and ensure that it is in good working order throughout stay of vessel in port.
    • vessels will not be permitted to use the open loop system at Adani port and should change over to compliant fuel before entering the port.
    • vessels calling Adani ports would be required to submit certification for compliance with the above.
    • vessels may be subject to Port state control inspection for validation of necessary compliance.


Above will come into force 1 November 2020.


Oman All No  

Open-loop scrubber discharge is not permitted in Oman territorial waters



 A full copy of the list continuing the 31 ports’ stance on scrubbers can be accessed here.

Related: North P&I Club: No Scrubs- More Ports Declare Ban on EGCS Discharges *Update*

North P&I Club
Photo credit: Manifold Times

Related News

Featured News

Our Industry Partners

  • argus

PR Newswire