IMO 2020: HFO + Scrubbers Better Than Burning 0.5% S, Japan Tells IMO


Japan has come ou heavily in favour of open-loop scrubbing, telling IMO today that when both human health and the marine environment are taken into account, burning HFO with a scrubber is a better choice than simply burning 0.50%S fuels alone. The key reason for this, they said, was due to the ability for scrubbers to remove airborne particulate matter (PM) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). 

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And in the presentation by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) at PR 6 the delegation said its study had therefore concluded there is no scientific justification to prohibit use of the technology as long as the IMO’s discharge criteria are met.

Japan concluded that either any short- or long-term effects on marine organisms cannot be caused by the use of open-looped scrubber.

To that end, the Japanese study focused on three areas, Seto Sea, Ise Sea, and Tokyo Bay, and looked at concentration levels of 21 different PAH’s and eight heavy metals including Vanadium, Nickel, and Copper,

It then modelled what 10 years accumulated concentration of the substances would be under an assumed “worst-case scenario” that all ships were equipped with open-looped scrubbers and discharging wash water, and compared this with the actual 2015 levels. “Japan concluded that either any short or long term effects on marine organisms cannot be caused by the use of open-looped scrubber,” the delegation said.

From Shipandbunker