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31 Singapore-flagged vessels report scrubber malfunctions

Singapore-flagged vessels reported 31 scrubber malfunctions as of the end of February 2020.

Releasing figures on IMO 2020 compliance the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), which administers the Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS), said that of the “small number” of Singapore-flagged vessels fitted with scrubbers there were 31 reports of malfunctions as February 29 this year.

Scrubbers allow owners to continue to burn high sulphur fuel, which in the initial switch over period was highly beneficial in terms of fuel cost savings, however, open-loop scrubbers are banned from operation in Singapore waters.

During the first quarter of the year no Singapore-registered vessels were detained by port state authorities for non-compliance with IMO 2020, while two vessels made Fuel Oil Non-Availability Reports (FONARs).