EGCSA launches global scrubber rules database
The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) has launched a global database of operating rules for exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for ship-owners who are helping to cut emissions through the use of the technology.
Consultants to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), CE Delft, had forecast around 3,000 ships would be fitted with EGCS by 2020. This investment will also benefit those ship-owners who have chosen to do nothing and plan just to procure fuel that complies with IMO limits as the demand for sulphur fuel that meets the target of 0.5% will be less.
Ship-owners face uncertainty as some nations and ports operate independently of the IMO and have introduced local requirements for the operation of ECGS. The free to access global EGCSA operational database takes the form of a world map with a zoom-in facility that makes it possible to identify individual wharfs and quays and see if there are any restrictions on the operation of EGCS in place. The database provides links and verified information on legislation or rules that have been imposed.
The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 has approached ports to identify any local rules and the International Chamber of Shipping has also sought feedback from its ship-owner community. The work of these organisations will be incorporated into the EGCSA database once verified, thus ensuring the most comprehensive and up-to-date verified information is made available to ship operators around the world.
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