The Port of Waterford in Ireland has started a ban on discharge of exhaust gas scrubber wash water from open loop scrubbers in January 2019, it says.
“This applies to all vessels berthed at any berth within the port’s jurisdiction and vessels on transit to and from any berth or anchorage,” stated the Port of Waterford Company (PWC).
“Upon entering port limits any vessel fitted with exhaust gas scrubbers, must run on a ‘closed loop system’ for the duration of the port stay.”
There is currently no assessment of the long term environmental impacts of the use of exhaust gas scrubbers, it says.
“However, given the potential for impact on ecosystems, it is the policy of The Port of Waterford Company that wash water from exhaust gas scrubber systems shall not be discharged to surface waters within the jurisdiction of the Port Company,” notes PWC.
The ban of wash water discharge from open-loop scrubbers has taken place at other international ports including certain areas in China.
Related: North P&I: List of ports banning scrubber discharges in waters
Related: Skuld: Part of China ECAs has banned scrubber wash water discharge
Related: BIMCO: China has not yet placed a full ban on open-loop scrubbers
Related: North P&I: China’s Restrictions on Open Loop Scrubber Discharges
Photo credit: Port of Waterford Company
Published: 23 January, 2019
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