Olivia Furmston Claims Operations Director of The Standard Club, on Friday (20 November) published an article summarising updates made on the usage of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) at Indian ports:
Our listed correspondent in India, James Mackintosh, has been kind enough to provide us with the following update for ports in India, which will be of interest to many of our members.
Our Director General (DG) for shipping published Circular No.2 of 2019, available here, which is to be used in conjunction with IMO Resolution MEPC.259 (68). It urges compliance with MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 14, which is applicable to all vessels calling at Indian ports. Pursuant to this, Adani ports did send out a circular, also available here, banning open loop scrubber systems, but this was revoked after pressure from the trade.
The present position with respect to wash water and open loop scrubber systems for vessels calling at ports on the East coast of India (ECI) and the West Coast of India (WCI) can be summarised as follows:
In view of the above vessel owners should expect port state control authorities in India to closely monitor and check ships, for usage of compliant fuel (with low sulphur) or use of correct scrubbers on board.
Source: The Standard Club
Photo credit: Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ)
Published: 24 November, 2020
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