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SCRUBBER WASH WATER IS NOT MARINE POLLUTION, SAYS CSA

SCRUBBER WASH WATER IS NOT MARINE POLLUTION, SAYS CSA

Thursday, April 22, 2021  (Comments: 1)

The Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) has expressed disappointment in the recent announcement from the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation that they will restrict the discharge of wash water in the territorial waters of the country, based on its marine pollution regulation.

“We understand that Article 23 of the Regulation is intended to protect against the disposal of liquid or solid waste from vessels and their cargoes," said Capt Mike Kaczmarek, CSA Chairman. "But unlike the clear examples in the regulation, wash water from exhaust gas cleaning systems should not be interpreted as a form of marine pollution. These systems have been in use for decades and there is absolutely no evidence of any negative impact on marine life or sea water quality, neither in open waters nor in port environments."

Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) make a positive difference to the ports and ocean environments in which ships operate and will promote global environmental progress – especially the goal of reducing the health impact from airborne sources, which is at the heart of the IMO 2020 regulation.

"We realise that the Ministry may have elected to take this step as a precaution, and we have reached out as a partner to work with the Turkish authorities, and to share the available science and data," added Capt Kaczmarek. “But this is an important step, and will impact many ship operations.”

Reader Comments (1)

The issue at hand is not "reducing the health impact from airborne sources (on humans)" but of preserving the environment. The metals, PAHs and other contaminants as toxic to marine life, assuming the changing PH does not compromise sea-life with carbonate based structures.

By Chris Renwick on Monday, April 26, 2021

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