ViganSailors SocietyTelestackCimbriaGeneva DryTBA Group
  • Van Aalst
  • Telestack
  • Sailors Society
  • Port of Stockton
  • Bühler GmbH
  • TMS Awards 2023

CSA 2020 launches scrubber counter offensive

CSA 2020 launches scrubber counter offensive

(Posted on 26/02/19)

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 has expressed strong concerns about a proposal submitted by the European Commission (EC) which urges the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to change its Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (“scrubber”) guidelines.

The proposal, which the Commission submitted to IMO on the 8 February deadline, calls for “evaluation and harmonization” of scrubber discharges across all ports, world-wide. The proposal is intended for consideration by the 74th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) which meets in May, in London.

“This proposal is an attempt by the European Commission to push forward restrictions on scrubbers, which are accepted globally by the IMO, EU and others as acceptable means of improving air emissions quality in controlled areas” said CSA 2020 Executive Director Ian Adams.

“Within two weeks of a draft surfacing, the Commission had taken the proposal to a one-day Working Party review and then submitted it to IMO” he said. “Clearly this was planned to avoid the open discussion and deliberation that a proposal with such far-reaching impact requires. In the absence of credible evidence to justify such a major departure from the existing rules, the proposal is instead based mostly on speculation.  

“CSA 2020 members, who represent over 30 leading commercial and passenger shipping companies have been investing for years to prepare their ships in time to meet emissions abatement targets in accordance with existing IMO and EU rules, which endorse the use of open and closed-loop scrubbers in all waters,” said Adams. “To see the Commission take this step within months of the entry-into-force of the Global ECA is beyond disappointing.”

Noting the broader issues facing the industry, Adams added: “The EC initiative is needlessly creating baseless concerns at a time when there are already very real issues in the maritime industry regarding the future availability, suitability and cost of fuels and the effects on global trade and shipping that this will have. There could also be safety implications should ships be required to change fuels in high traffic areas close to ports.

“I am sure Brussels is very aware that existing scientific data shows significant air emissions improvement from scrubbers, with no likely impact on the ocean environment, but it appears the submission to IMO was prepared with speed rather than accuracy.”

In a letter to its membership seen by CSA 2020, a European national shipowners’ association says: “The EC submission does not identify any scientific evidence of potential risks but is lost in assumptions and speculation about possible contaminant levels and claimed risk potentials.”

In its proposal, the Commission refers to the interim result of a study to be completed in May 2019 by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) for the investigation of scrubber wash water from closed loop and open loop systems. But as the preliminary conclusions of the BSH study do not appear to align with the Commission’s proposal, it is far from clear whether it will contain any suggestion of new restrictions on scrubber wash water.

CSA 2020 will be hosting a technical conference on the 21st February, in London, where scientific data relating to scrubber air emissions and wash water quality will be presented.

CSA 2020 represents a group of leading companies from the commercial shipping and passenger ship industries that have been leaders in emission control efforts through significant investments in research and analysis, funding and committing resources to comply with 2020 fuel requirements through the development and use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS).

The Alliance was formed on 27th September 2018 with a mission to provide information and research data to better inform industry and the wider public. In addition to serving as an advocate for companies working to reduce marine exhaust gas emissions, CSA 2020 will support the scheduled implementation and effective enforcement of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirement for a 0.5 percent global sulphur cap on fuel content as of 1 January, 2020.

Latest News

New Nuclear for Maritime takes centrestage with record attendance

(Posted on 19/06/24)

Over 350 delegates registered for CORE POWER's landmark New Nuclear for Maritime Summit held in London... Read more


AI tools key to the 'urgent action' needed to meet IMO climate targets

(Posted on 19/06/24)

Yarden Gross, CEO and Co-founder of maritime technology start-up Orca AI, is championing the rapid,... Read more


Torbjørn Gjervik appointed Western Bulk CEO

(Posted on 19/06/24)

Western Bulk Chartering AS to has announced the appointment of Torbjørn Gjervik as Chief Executive... Read more


INTERCARGO condemns deadly attacks on bulk carriers

(Posted on 14/06/24)

Following news that a seafarer has died and another has been seriously injured in the latest Houthi... Read more


Ecomar delivered to AtoB@C Shipping

(Posted on 14/06/24)

ESL Shipping's subsidiary AtoB@C Shipping has on 13th June taken delivery of Ecomar, which is the third... Read more


GAC to acquire Quadrant Pacific’s ship agency business

(Posted on 14/06/24)

GAC Group, a leading provider of shipping, logistics and marine services in the Asia-Pacific market,... Read more


Onboard carbon capture relies on industry collaboration says DNV

(Posted on 07/06/24)

Onboard carbon capture (OCC) is attracting interest within the shipping industry, providing shipowners... Read more


Franman to promote Saudi’s IMI in Greece and Cyprus

(Posted on 07/06/24)

Athens-based Franman, a leading representative and supplier of premium equipment, parts, products and... Read more


Veson: Bulker newbuilding values at 15-year high

(Posted on 01/06/24)

Values for newbuild vessels of 180,000 DWT are up by c.5.45% from USD 66.09 mil to USD 69.63 mil according... Read more


NorthStandard annual review figures verify value of scale and reach

(Posted on 31/05/24)

Global marine insurer, NorthStandard, recorded increases in premium income, investment returns, and... Read more


TMS Awards 2023Bühler GmbHVan AalstPort of South LouisianaPort of Stockton
  • TBA Group
  • Geneva Dry
  • Vigan

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping