Shipping companies form scrubber advocacy group

P&O Cruises' Ventura was recently retrofitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system at Damen Shiprepair Brest P&O Cruises' Ventura was recently retrofitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system at Damen Shiprepair Brest

Nearly 20 companies from the commercial shipping and cruise industries have joined forces to advocate for exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) and adherence to the International Maritime Organization's 0.5% global sulfur cap in 2020.

Clean Shipping Alliance 2020

The mission of the newly formed Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) is to provide information and research data to tell industry, national and international authorities, nongovernmental organizations and the public about the environmental performance and benefits of open- and closed-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems.

CSA 2020 emerges amid claims from scrubber critics like INTERTANKO that open-loop systems produce washwater with high acidity. Others are calling for a delay in implementing the 0.5% sulfur cap.

All the founding members of CSA 2020 have made significant investments in exhaust gas cleaning systems to reduce harmful air emissions, and—as the group's name underscores—they're fully behind the IMO's 2020 requirement.

Scrubbers on 69 Carnival Corp. ships

CSA 2020 founding members include cruise giant Carnival Corp. & plc, which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to install exhaust gas cleaning systems on 69 of its more than 100 ships to date.

The company has said extensive third party testing has shown the systems outperform low-sulfur fuel alternatives such as MGO in terms of total reduction of black carbon and particulates.

Other alliance members are Blystad Group, Cargill, DHT Holdings, Eagle Bulk Shipping, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Frontline Ltd., Golden Ocean Group Ltd., Grimaldi Group, Hunter Group ASA, Navig8 Group, Okeanis Eco Tankers, Oldendorff Carriers, Safe Bulkers, Inc., Spliethoff, Star Bulk Carriers Corp., Torm and Trafigura.

CSA 2020 members believe exhaust gas cleaning systems will make a substantial difference to the ports and ocean environments where their ships operate and will promote global environmental progress—'especially the goal of reducing the health impact from airborne sources, which is at the heart of the 2020 IMO regulation.'

Posted 28 September 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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