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Port of Le Havre partners SEREP to establish treatment solution for scrubber washwater

09 Oct 2020

The Port of Le Havre (HAROPA) on Wednesday (7 October) said it has entered a partnership with SEREP, a subsidiary of SARP Industries, to set up a local industry for the treatment of scrubber residue. 

HAROPA notes that Le Havre has been part of the SECA (Sulphur Emission Control Area) since 2015; a perimeter where the sulphur (SOx) emission rates must not exceed 0.1%.

Ships sailing and docked in the port must either use fuels containing no more than 0.1% sulphur, or be fitted with a closed-loop scrubber system to filter and wash exhaust fumes.

Therefore, HAROPA and SEREP said they have worked to set up a collection and treatment of scrubber waste to offer concrete solutions to shipping companies that choose to use scrubbers.

Waste from ship exhaust fume purifiers will be transported by truck to the treatment and recovery centre for processing.

To encourage ships to deposit their liquid waste and scrubber residues on site, the Port said it would absorb 30% of the costs involved in waste collection.

“Alongside the world maritime shipping stakeholders, the Port of Le Havre has engaged in an ambitious ecological transition to reduce the carbon footprint of its activities on the environment,” said Baptiste Maurand, Managing Director of HAROPA – Port du Havre. 

“Among the actions being implemented, there is the development of a scrubber residue industry at Le Havre. To promote and make it sustainable, we have set up a financial incentive for our customers, absorbing 30% of the cost of collecting liquid waste including scrubber residue,” 

HAROPA shared that industrial ecology is a historical sector in Le Havre. The region, and in particular the industrial-port area of Le Havre, has been home to factories and companies since the 1950s.

 The density of heavy industries and its maritime and river connections have made it a favorable region for innovation in this sector, a pioneer of which is SEREP, which was established in 1953.

“In order to respond to environmental issues and support the coming into force of new regulations, SEREP has expanded its range of solutions with the collection and treatment of scrubber residues,” noted Laurent Gallien, SEREP Managing Director.

“In synergy with partner companies including Sedibex, our teams ensure the continuous improvement and complementarity of our tools, in order to maintain a quality, responsive service to our customers.”


Photo credit: HAROPA
Published: 9 October, 2020

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