Shipping body hails Samsa decision to approve new sulphur cleaning systems

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) has welcomed the decision by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) to accept all types of approved exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for use in its territorial waters.

This is ahead of the International Maritime Organisation’s pending sulphur cap regulation which kicks in on January 2020 and which will impose penalties on vessels emitting more than 0.5% sulphur content.

A recent IMO notice approved the use of open-loop scrubbers.

Closed-loop or hybrid systems were also accepted until further notice, which means that all ships fitted with EGCS can continue to burn high-sulphur bunker fuel from 2020, and comply with the 0.50% sulphur limit, in South African territorial waters and ports.

Samsa has also approved the burning of MGO, LSFO, LNG and marine biofuels as a way of meeting the impending requirement.

 “We are delighted that South Africa has approved the use of open-loop systems in its waters. The use of EGCS substantially improves local air quality and we hope other ports will come to welcome the technology. “ said Ian Adams, executive director CSA 2020.

He added that marine exhaust gas cleaning systems were the best way of reducing shipping’s environmental impact by significantly reducing air pollution whether a ship is at sea or in port.

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