The uncertainty continues to prevail across
the Shipping industry over the impending IMO regulations, to reduce the level
of sulphur oxide emissions from ship's exhaust, from January 1, 2020.
amendments to the MARPOL regulations stipulates that sulphur content in the
exhaust from ships should be brought down from 3.5 per cent m/m (Mass on mass)
to 0.5 per cent worldwide.
in the Country are now getting enquiries from shipping companies on accepting
scrubbers on ships in the respective ports.
Installing scrubbers an option to become
IMO 2020 compliant
“Installing scrubbers is an option to reduce the
content in the gases before being released into the air. The scrubbers would
wash the exhaust gas from ships to bring the sulphur content down before
releasing it to the atmosphere. The water used for washing eventually has to go
into the sea,” sources in the industry said.
Singapore refuses to accept scrubbers in
such as Singapore are refusing to accept the use of scrubbers on ships in their
ports due to water pollution, said Tom Joseph, President, Nautical Institute
India (South West). There are also suggestions to evolve a national policy on
that will be acceptable to India. Since the issue pertains to the
implementation of MARPOL regulations, DG Shipping as the regulator of shipping
in India and representing India in IMO conventions would be the authority best
suited to formulate the policy.
the sector pointed out that the new limits can also be achieved by changing to
cleaner fuel such as Marine Diesel Oil which will not require any modifications
on the ship's engines.
estimated that the world's shipping burn about four million barrels a day of
Fuel Oil, which is a very low grade of oil.
Industry worried; the new form of fuel
costs 25-40% more
industry is also worried over the shift to a new form of fuel considering the
high cost involved, which would be higher by at least 25 to 40 per cent. The
emerging situation warrants developing a new blend of oil for ships and
probably gas oil with very low sulphur content and it can be blended with heavy
fuel to lower sulphur content,” the experts said.
a Chennai-based Group, the proposed regulation would be a major boost to the
environmental performance of ocean freight and a fantastic leap for the
industry, as the sector push for sustainability and emission free operations.