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.