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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.