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Vancouver to ban scrubber discharges

The Port of Vancouver will limit the discharge of scrubber wash water from next month.

As of March 1, ships that are anchored in the port or moored at a berth will be banned from discharging scrubber wash water.

A study commissioned by the port in 2019 that focused on the Burrard Inlet found discharge “could result in concentrations of metals that exceed thresholds set for the protection of aquatic life”.

The new restriction comes as Vancouver councillor Pete Fry has started a wider campaign to lobby provincial and federal governments to ban scrubber wash water discharges across Canada.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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