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ClassNK updates Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems

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”.


In addition 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.


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