Oman bans open-loop scrubbers

Oman bans open-loop scrubbers

The Standard Club has reported that Oman has banned the use of open-loop scrubbers in its territorial waters.

This means that only closed-loop scrubbers (or hybrid scrubbers used in closed-loop mode) can be used. Wash-water from scrubbers should not be discharged in Oman’s waters unless an approved private facility is used.

The Club’s local correspondent Inchcape Shipping Services has advised that there is no set limit known for pollution fines due to discharge of scrubber wash-water in Oman waters. The fines will be set on a case to case basis at the discretion of the Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs and the respective port authority.  The Club reports that it has also been advised that if the authorities discover that the ship has not complied with these rules, then the ship may be detained.