News: Malaysia bans open-loop scrubbers
27 November 2019
Malaysia has become the latest country to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters (12 nautical miles from land). Malaysia's maritime department has issued the following statement:
'Ships calling to the Malaysian ports are advised to change over to compliant fuel oil or change over to close-loop system (if hybrid system) before entering Malaysian waters and ports.'
While closed-loop systems retain most of the water used for sulphur removal on board, water from open-loop systems can be pumped overboard. This has raised environmental concerns from various states and organisations.
The full statement from Malaysia's maritime department is available in the attachment on the right.