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Malaysia bans open loop scrubbers from its waters

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Malaysia has become the latest country to ban the use of open loop scrubbers in its waters

A circular issued by the Malaysian Marine Department said that Malaysia prohibits the discharge of washwater from open-loop scrubbers within the countries waters – within 12nm of its coast.

“Ships calling to the Malaysian Ports are advised to change over to compliance fuel oil or change over to close loop system (if hybrid system) before entering Malaysian Waters and Ports,” the circular said.

The Southeast Asian country is the latest to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters ahead of the introduction of IMO 2020. Last year Its neighbour Singapore announced a similar ban from 1 January 2020.

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