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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 

HAROPA, Port of Le Havre, in partnership with SEREP, a subsidiary of SARP Industries, has set up a facility for treatment of scrubber residues collected from vessels which have fitted closed-loop scrubbers in response to SECA (sulphur emission control area) and IMO 2020 sulphur limits.

The port authority says that ships sailing and docked in Le Havre must either use fuels containing no more than 0.1% sulphur, or be fitted with a closed-loop scrubber system to filter and wash exhaust fumes. To offer concrete solutions to shipping companies that choose to use scrubbers, the Port of Le Havre and SEREP have worked to provide collection and treatment of scrubber waste, which is taken from the port by truck to a treatment and recovery centre for processing.

To encourage ships to deposit their liquid waste and scrubber residues on site, the Port of Le Havre will fund 30% of the cost of waste collecting.

Baptiste Maurand, MD HAROPA Port du Havre, said: "Alongside the world maritime shipping actors, the Port of Le Havre has engaged in an ambitious ecological transition to reduce the carbon footprint of its activities on the environment. Among the actions carried out, there is the development of a scrubber residues industry. To promote and make it sustainable, we have also set up a financial incentive for our customers, taking in charge 30% of the cost of collecting liquid waste including scrubber residues".

The region of Le Havre, and in particular the industrial port area, has a high concentration of heavy industries thanks to its maritime and river connections. SEREP, a subsidiary of SARP Industries, has been established in the port since 1953, and in 2011 developed a maritime waste collection activity to provide a local response to the needs of ships in port. This port service, called SWC (Service Waste Collection), started with waste and residues from water/hydrocarbons (Marpol - Appendix I) and is now being extended with the management of scrubber residues (Marpol - Appendix VI).

Beyond the Le Havre region, SARP Industries offers European ports a complete management service for scrubber waste with its dedicated ShipO2 service. Additionally, the company is planning a short-circuit recovery project for hydrocarbons collected from ships in Le Havre

Laurent Gallien, MD of SEREP, said: "Since its inception, SEREP has always cultivated its spirit of innovation to provide high-performance services to all industrial and maritime players in our region. In order to respond to environmental issues and support the coming into force of new regulations, the company has expanded its range of solutions with the collection and treatment of scrubber residues. In synergy with partner companies including Sedibex, our teams ensure the continuous improvement and complementarity of our tools, in order to maintain a quality, responsive service to our customers”.

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