According to an advisory notice issued by the South African
Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to shipowners, operators, master mariners and
bunker suppliers in March, the authority said that the use of open-loop,
closed-loop and hybrid systems was accepted until further notice.
In addition to allowing ship to continue burning
high-sulphur bunker fuel from 2020, SAMSA has also approved the burning of
marine gas oil, low-sulphur fuel oil, LNG and marine biofuels as a way of
meeting the impending requirement.
“We are delighted that South Africa has approved the use of
open-loop systems in its waters. The use of EGCS improves substantially local
air quality and we hope other ports will come to welcome the technology,” Ian
Adams, Executive Director of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020), said.
“We encourage all port authorities to seek out the available
independent studies that provide detailed analysis of wash water discharges and
describe the meaningful health benefits that reduced particle emissions can
bring to their regions.”
According to CSA 2020, open loop versions of the technology
have been selected for more than 80 percent of the 2,500 or so ships that will
have scrubber installations by the end of 2019.
“Marine exhaust gas cleaning systems are the best way of
reducing shipping’s environmental impact by significantly reducing air
pollution whether a ship is at sea or in port,” said Adams.
The port areas that fall under SAMSA include Cape Town,
Saldanha Bay, Port Nolloth, Port of Ngqura, East London, Durban, Mossel Bay,
Port Elizabeth, and Richards Bay.