ABS issues sulphur cap advisory

18 Jul 2017

The ABS Scrubber Advisory has offered comprehensive guidance on the latest available exhaust gas abatement technologies to help the industry prepare for the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap.

“As I meet with owners and operators around the globe, there is a common focus on how best to comply with the upcoming global sulphur cap,” said Dr Kirsi Tikka, ABS Executive Vice President for Global Marine.

“This Advisory provides in-depth guidance on scrubber technology selection and comes just as the marine industry is weighing the right compliance options for their fleets.”

Central to the impending 2020 global sulphur cap are requirements to reduce the sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships. Installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), commonly referred to as scrubbers, is a potential solution for owners looking to comply with the upcoming requirements.

This updated advisory includes background on air emission regulations and explores the different types of available scrubber technologies along with the associated installation and operational challenges for each.

It aims to enable the marine industry to understand the unique characteristics of the available scrubber technologies, enabling them to make smarter decisions on the future of their fleets.

ABS has also published the ABS Guide for Exhaust Emission Abatement which applies to vessels fitted with an exhaust emission abatement system, including SOx scrubbers, selective catalytic reduction systems and exhaust gas recirculation for nitrous oxide (NOx) emission control.

The company said it can provide further support by completing a techno-economic analysis to determine the life cycle cost of the installation, providing critical information to support vessel owners and operators in the decision-making process.

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