PILOTAGE PRE-PLANNING GUIDE
The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing
vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI.
A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the
verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber systems and sets out the
criteria for discharging scrubber washwater into the sea.
However, some coastal states and ports have implemented local regulations with
more stringent requirements that restrict or completely prohibit the discharge of
washwater from open loop scrubbers or prohibit the use of scrubbers.
We are currently aware of the following regions/states/ports with local regulations
that have an effect on the discharge of exhaust gas scrubber washwater, although the
list should not be considered as complete.
Clean Shipping A Priority Area of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
PIANC (Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses)
EnviCom WG 178: Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Ports and Inland
The guidance, which has been prepared by the international experts on PIANC’s
Working Group 178, provides an introduction to the potential consequences of climate
change and some of the challenges to be addressed if ports and waterways are
to adapt effectively.
The report is for free download: