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Fujairah latest to ban open-loop scrubbers

The port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, a major bunkering hub, has banned the use of open-loop scrubbers, following a growing numbers of ports around the globe.

According to Reuters, Fujairah port’s harbour master sent a document to agents, bunkering companies and oil terminal users to announce the decision.

“Please be advised that Port of Fujairah has decided to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters. Ships will have to use compliant fuel once the IMO 2020 sulfur cap comes into force,” the harbour master said in the document.

In January, China banned open-loop scrubbers from its emission control areas, which covers most of the country’s coastline and similar regulations have been implemented in Singapore, Belgium, California, Massachusetts and along Germany’s Rhine river. It is expected that there will be a growing number of ports banning the technology this year before the new IMO sulphur cap becomes effective in January next year.

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.


  1. We view the Fujairah announcement with concern, and our many Members that will be impacted will be interested in understanding the environmental data behind this decision – CSA 2020

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