Malaysia bans open-loop ship scrubbers

In a notice issued on 12 November to the shipping industry, Malaysia’s maritime department said ships are now prohibited from discharging wash water from open-loop scrubbers while operating in Malaysian waters.

Singapore and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, both major marine refuelling hubs, have banned the use of open-loop scrubbers from the start of next year. China is also set to extend a ban on scrubber discharge to more coastal regions.

Source: Reuters, 18 November 2019


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