The blog of Kate Schrøder Jensen, Regulatory Affairs Specialist
“Here I cut through the confusion and rumours about fuel sulphur limits, exhaust gas cleaning, scrubber technology and more. Emissions legislation is complex, but the main question is simple: how does this affect me?”
Hear more of Kate’s thoughts in this video introduction.
Can’t find an answer in existing posts? Ask your own question below.
As you can read in the introduction to this blog, I’m a regulatory affairs specialist at Alfa Laval. But that’s just a job description.
The question above is asked very frequently, and it still has no definitive answer. Let’s look at why the water quality rules for an exhaust gas cleaning system (ECGS) might – or might not – apply to an inert gas system.
In May of this year, new guidance was approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and circulated as MEPC.1/Circ.883.
Since 2015, China has slowly expanded what it calls the Chinese Domestic ECAs, where ECA is short for Emission Control Area. These ECAs should not be confused with the ECAs defined by IMO.
The 2020 global sulphur cap is just around the corner. In various other corners, I hear a lot of discussion: how it is even possible to enforce this regulation?
Describing scrubber sludge as a substance explains that scrubber sludge comes in wide range of viscosities depending on the cleaning equipment installed on board. The majority of ship owners prefer to be able to pump the sludge from ship to shore. The other alternative is to truck/lift it from the ship.
From an Alfa Laval point of view, scrubber sludge is waste collected during scrubber operation in closed-loop mode. For other suppliers, it can also be a substance collected during open-loop operation. But this post is written from our perspective on the world.
There’s a lot to discuss when it comes to emissions and compliance. Have your own question in need of a specialist answer? Ask it here.