China intends to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers on its rivers, reports Splash, citing sources within the country’s Maritime Safety Administration (MSA).
The move would follow the recent news that Singapore will ban the technology from its waters from January 1st 2020. The German part of the River Rhine, Belgium and the US Commonwealth of Massachusetts have all outlawed the use of open-loop scrubbers, which uses seawater as the medium for cleaning a vessel’s exhaust. The seawater is usually supplied by a dedicated pump. Co2 is added to create a cleaning compound.