As the 10th anniversary of the founding of the EGCSA approaches, it is gratifying to report around 1,000 globally trading ships have fitted or ordered exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS). The figure amounts to 100 ships per year of EGCSA’s existence or about 5 ships per year per EGCSA member.

Clearly the larger companies have the lion’s share of the installations and order book but nevertheless the dogged persistence of EGCSA members will now hopefully provide a return to their investors, no matter the size of the member company. It will not be super-profits. The shipping industry has been spoilt on low cost ships and equipment for too long. That will have to change in a world where steel work will in future have to be complimented by sophistication if the industry is to meet the raft of new environmental requirements.

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Scrubber orders full ahead

A survey of EGCSA members has revealed that scrubber uptake is rapidly accelerating with the number of ships with exhaust gas cleaning systems installed or on order standing at 983 as of 31 May 2018.

This follows a slew of recent reports that major ship operators, including Spliethoff, Frontline, DHT and Star Bulk have opted for scrubbers. One of the ‘big’ container companies has confirmed it will use scrubbing as part of its 2020 compliance portfolio and there are rumours that others will do likewise.

Until relatively recently the largest installed exhaust handling capacity has been for engine powers in the region of 25 to 30MW. However, the latest data shows that this has been well and truly exceeded by a retrofitted hybrid system for a 72MW container ship engine. Large capacity scrubbers are not confined to retrofits as the maximum size new building installation is a hybrid system for a 65MW engine.

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PAH monitoring – strengthening compliance assurance

The IMO Pollution Prevention and Response sub-committee (PPR) has set up a correspondence group to provide guidance in the event of accidental breakdown, instrumentation malfunction or perceived non-compliance of exhaust gas cleaning systems. Part of the group’s brief is to clarify some of the language used in the scrubber guidelines (MEPC.258(68)) including the term PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) monitoring.

So, what are PAH and why are PAH monitored? Well, quite simply these are a group of compounds found in oil that can be measured in water at parts per billion concentrations. This enables monitoring of the extremely low levels of oil in scrubber wash water, which is well beyond the measurement capability of traditional instruments associated with 15ppm or even 5ppm bilge water separators.

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In October 2008 a small meeting in London resulted in the formation of EGCSA. The Association was quickly supported by other early manufacturers of scrubbing systems and the rest is history.  EGCSA now represents the major Exhaust Gas Cleaning System suppliers, and its membership includes some of the very biggest suppliers of equipment to the global marine market. It is a key influencer to regulatory authorities and the forum for mutual development activities for its members.

A key objective for EGCSA is to develop and promote a high level of integrity and standards in exhaust gas cleaning, through knowledge transfer and interaction. Following a very successful event in Manhattan New York, this 10th anniversary workshop will continue this important work.

The EGCSA 10th anniversary workshop is open to non-members.

Meet international suppliers of exhaust gas cleaning systems and associated equipment. Watch the presentations and take part in discussion and debate.

When: 9 – 10 October 2018

Where: Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, Bath Rd, TW6 2AQ

Non-member price: GBP500

Contact Don Gregory to attend
Tel: +44 (0)1784 481151
Email: info@egcsa.com

Don Gregory





The Agenda so far – more to follow

  1. Euroshore member on port waste reception and the collection of sludge from scrubbers and other oily streams from ships.
  2. Legal aspects of the enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.
  3. Update on the IMO PPR intersessional meeting (July 9th to 13th)
  4. EGCSA PAH working group report
  5. Feedback on the future of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) EGCS Sub-Group