November 24, 2020: The Standard Club has issued an update on Indian ports’ positions on the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS).
The information was provided by the Club’s listed correspondent in India, James Mackintosh & Co. In the update, the position with respect to wash water and open loop scrubber systems for vessels calling at ports on the East coast of India (ECI) and the West Coast of India (WCI) was summarised as follows:
• Kolkata, Haldia, Paradip, Gangavaram, Krishnapatnam, Kattupalli, Ennore, Chennai, Karaikal – There are no port specific (additional) local restrictions. Vessels need to comply with International Regulations, DG Shipping Circular No.2 of 2019, which is to be read in conjunction with IMO Resolution MEPC.259 (68) (2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems).
• Dhamra – Dhamra Port is located next to ecologically sensitive areas (Marine Reserve & Bhitarkanika Crocodile National Park). In view of this, usage of open loop scrubbers and wash water discharge is not permitted at Dhamra port.
• Vizag – It is understood from the Harbour Master of Vizag Port that clearance from Andhra Pradesh Pollution control board is still awaited and hence use of open loop scrubbers at Vizag port waters is not currently permitted.
• Tuticorin – As per the local Port Authority, if open loop scrubbers are used, the scrubber unit must be stopped before arriving at the Tuticorin Port limit. Open loop scrubber operations are not allowed within Tuticorin port limit / anchorage, or in port during a vessel’s stay including any period of cargo operations.
• Kandla – Open loop scrubbers are not allowed in Kandla at present. Vessels should either use low sulphur fuel or hybrid scrubbers in closed mode.
• Bedi, Sikka, Salaya – Sulphur content in fuel should be less than 0.50%. Vessels should either use low sulphur fuel, or hybrid scrubbers in closed mode.
• Vadinar – Release of wash water from open loop scrubbers is prohibited at Nayara facilities. All vessels calling at Nayara facilities are advised to change over to compliant fuel before entering the port limit / anchorage area.
• Mundra, JNPT, Mumbai, New Mangalore – There are no port specific (additional) restrictions. Vessels will need to comply with the International Regulations, DG Shipping Circular No.2 of 2019, which is to be used in conjunction with IMO Resolution MEPC.259 (68).
• Cochin, Magdalla, Hazira, Dahej – Vessels have been asked to follow International Regulations, DG Shipping Engineering Circular No.2 of 2019 and the above mentioned MEPC circular.
In the update, the Standard Club said vessel owners should expect Port State Control authorities in India to closely monitor and check ships for the use of compliant fuel (with low sulphur) or the use of correct scrubbers on board.
Source: Bunker spot