China officially bans open-loop scrubbers

China officially bans open-loop scrubbers

As first reported by Splash last year, China has moved ahead with a ban on open-loop scrubbers. The Ministry of Transport in Beijing has banned the technology from the country’s emission control areas (ECAs), which as of this year now cover most of China’s coastline (see map below).

The latest ship emission regulation document released by the ministry has banned ships from discharging wastewater and burning residue from open-loop scrubbers across the country’s coastal and river ECAs, while ships are required to record the details of wastewater and residue disposal.

The new regulation came into effect from January 1.

China’s move on open-loop scrubbers follows similar regulations by Singapore, Belgium, California, Massachusetts and along Germany’s Rhine river. Other countries are also assessing whether or not to allow the technology ahead of the global sulphur cap starting in 51 weeks’ time.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.

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2 Comments

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    capt. m m jolly
    January 8, 2019 at 1:10 am

    WHY DOESN’T I M O ACCEPT THAT THEY SCREWED UP BIG TIME WITH THIS SCRUBBER NONSENSE AND JUST FORGET THE WHOLE SHOW.
    COMPLETE & UTTER WASTE OF MONEY !!

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    N. Lurkin
    January 8, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Is there an official document (in English) from the Chinese authorities which addresses this ban?