ABS updates scrubber advisory as sulfur cap approaches

(HOUSTON) — ABS has updated the ABS Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems, providing deeper insights into installation and operational considerations for existing vessels.

“Many in the industry are still evaluating their 2020 global sulfur cap compliance options, trying to determine their most cost-effective and operationally suitable solution,” said ABS Senior Vice President Technology and Engineering Derek Novak. “As the 2020 compliance deadline nears, we are seeing an uptick in new orders for scrubbers for both new construction and existing vessels.”

Installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS), commonly referred to as scrubbers, is a potential solution for owners looking to comply with the upcoming requirements. This updated advisory provides background on the different types of available scrubber technologies along with the associated installation and operational challenges during new construction and retrofitting of existing vessels.

ABS introduced the world’s first scrubber-ready notation, providing guidance for owners who are planning to retrofit their vessel with a SOx scrubber at a future date. By looking ahead during the design phase and accounting for possible future retrofits, owners are better prepared to cost-effectively manage future regulatory requirements. ABS also published the ABS Guide for Exhaust Emission Abatement which applies to vessels fitted with an exhaust emission abatement system, including SOx scrubbers, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission control.

Last month, ABS released the Advisory on Marine Fuel Oil, providing in-depth technical guidance covering a range of topics, from fuel properties to operational risks to potential preparations. Using this advisory to understand the implications of different marine fuels, owners and operators can make smarter decisions on the operation of their fleets.

To download the ABS Advisory on Exhaust Gas Scrubber Systems, visit www.eagle.org.

By Professional Mariner Staff