Driven by increasingly stringent sulphur emissions regulations in
Emission Control Areas (ECA) with global standards set for 2020, leading
classification society ClassNK has released an updated version of its earlier
version released in August 2014. The
second version includes the results of joint research and testing on actual Exhaust
Gas Cleaning Systems.
To comply with the Sox and PM regulation which limits global sulphur
emission to 0.5% percent from 1 January 2020, the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems
must be adopted or use compliant fuel. Since the first option seems to gain
ground, ClassNK has released the second
version of its “Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems”.
to interpretations of the updated IMO guidelines, the second version of the
Guidelines incorporates standards for installation of Exhaust Gas Cleaning
Systems based on findings of joint research projects which included trial testing
of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems on actual ships and design trials. The
Guidelines also include requirements for obtaining class notations
signifying that a ship fulfills requirements for the installation and ready
of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems.