According to a Strait Times report, Most ships that called at the Port of Singapore in the first quarter of this year complied with tighter sulphur emission regulations, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Monday (April 27).
What is it?
- About 96 per cent of ships that arrived at the port used compliant fuel, based on pre-arrival notifications submitted to MPA.
- This excludes ships installed with open-loop scrubbers that switch to using compliant fuel upon arriving in Singapore, the authority noted.
Shipowners or operators can also install scrubbers or gas exhaust systems to reduce emissions to continue using high-sulphur fuel oil up to the 3.5 per cent limit.
Inspection Revealed Violations
MPA conducted 326 inspections of foreign- and Singapore-registered vessels in Singapore’s port from January to March.
A total of 12 ships, which were not fitted with scrubbers, were found using fuel that marginally exceeded the sulphur limit.
Two foreign-registered ships were found to be using non-compliant fuel and were allowed to depart from Singapore’s port only after they had switched to using compliant fuel.
No ship installed with an open-loop scrubber was found to be operating its scrubber in the Port of Singapore, the authority added.
Reason Behind This
“This was likely due to remnant residues of high-sulphur fuel in the fuel oil tanks and piping. It is expected that in time, the fuel oil tanks and piping will be properly flushed with the continual use of compliant fuel,” MPA said, noting that the respective managers and flag administrators of these ships have been informed of the non-compliance.
No Singapore Ships Reported
To protect the marine environment and ensure clean port waters, Singapore has prohibited the discharge of “wash water” used in ships to scrub engine exhaust.
No Singapore-registered ships were detained by port state authorities for non-compliance with IMO 2020 regulations in the first quarter of the year, MPA said.
Fuel Non-Availability & Scrubber Malfunction
- Two ships reported the non-availability of compliant fuel, it noted.
- As at Feb 29, there were 31 reports of scrubber malfunction among Singapore-registered ships installed with scrubbers.
Singapore Committed To Compliance
MPA director of marine Goh Chung Hun said: “By engaging the industry proactively, providing the necessary technical guidance and maintaining an adequate supply of compliant fuel in Singapore, we have ensured a high degree of compliance with IMO 2020 sulphur regulations.”
Singapore, as a leading maritime nation, is committed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping, and will continue to play its part to make shipping clean and sustainable, he added.
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Source: Strait Times