Norway proposes ban on scrubbers

Norway proposes ban on scrubbers

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has proposed a ban on scrubbers and regulated use of fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.1 per cent in Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord.

The ban on scrubbers would include both open and closed-loop systems, and hybrid scrubbers. This would mean that ships using heavy fuel oil (HFO) with scrubbers would have to use marine diesel oil instead when sailing in the world heritage fjords.

Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen said: “The Government wishes to reduce the emissions and discharges from cruise ships. Stricter requirements for ships in the world heritage fjords would be a step in the right direction.”

Bjørn Pedersen, head of department of legislation and international relations in the NMA added: “Experience shows that today;s cleaning systems emit visible smoke emissions, and some systems also generate discharges to sea. Even if the visible smoke is partly water vapour, it has a negative impact on people’s experiences of our world heritage fjords.”

The NMA is also proposing a prohibition against incineration of waste on board ships in the world heritage fjords.

“We have a particular responsibility for taking care of the fjords inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List,” said Mr Pedersen.

The new proposal lays down the possibility of exemption from the Tier I NOx requirements to be met by 2020 for ships that can document that they will satisfy the strictest NOx requirements (Tier III) by 2022, i.e. three years before the deadline.

The proposed amendments will be circulated for review immediately, with a six week deadline for comments.