Australia might stop open-loop scrubbers

Hot on the heels of a Singaporean decision to ban open-loop scrubbers from its waters, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has announced that it would be holding talks with state authorities and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to review whether or not the country should allow the use of open-loop scrubbers in Australian waters.

Currently AMSA plans to permit ships operating in Australian waters to use all scrubber systems – open, hybrid and closed – provided they are approved and operated in accordance with the IMO’s 2015 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems.

However Splash cited an AMSA spokesperson as saying that “AMSA will be engaging closely with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and State/NT authorities regarding the potential impacts of these discharges, taking into account Australian water quality standards, to determine the regulatory requirements for Australian waters”.