Open-loop scrubber restrictions in France, Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar

Standard Club has advised members that, based on the information provided by the club’s correspondents in France, Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar, there were now restrictions placed on the use of open loop systems there.

The clubs said that members with open-loop (or hybrid) scrubbers installed on their ships “would need to be mindful when their ships operate in regions where scrubber discharge is banned. These ships will need to switch to either closed-loop mode or to compliant fuel well in advance of the ship’s arrival at such ports”.

The scrubber usage bans in the territories mentioned are the first in southern Europe recorded by the Standard Club. In the northern part of Europe there were widespread restrictions on open-loop scrubbers, including in Ireland, Norway, Belgium, Germany and the Baltic States.