The first EGCSA workshop of 2018 is taking place in New York!

This event 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: 27 – 28 February  2018
Day one 0900 – 1730
Day two 0900 – 1200

Where: Lexington Hotel, 511 Lexington Avenue at 48th Street, New York, NY 10017, United States

Non-member price: USD600/GBP400

Contact Don Gregory to attend
Tel: +44 (0)1784 481151

Don Gregory





The Agenda:

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An inconvenient truth – how the shipping industry’s environmental footprint can be improved.

Time for facts

Season’s greetings from EGCSA!

Looking forward there are now just 24 months until the global 0.50% fuel sulphur limit comes into force and over a year has passed since the industry-changing decision by IMO. Looking back, will 2017 be remembered as the year of fake news? Certainly the term has entered the common language, perhaps more so than the phrase “alternative facts”. The terms are common descriptions of news or information that do not meet the readers’ pre-conceptions.

But why is this relevant to EGCSA?

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EGCS – mature, robust, reliable, but what happens if there is a problem?

Fotolia_139351316_XSWith the number of ships with scrubbers approaching 600, exhaust gas cleaning is now firmly established as the main alternative to low sulphur fuel for compliance with MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.

While scrubbers have proved robust and reliable, what should a ship operator do in the unfortunate event of malfunction or breakdown? Through its own workshops, and regular participation in conferences and training events, EGCSA has sought advice from legal experts and marine regulators on this important question.

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2020 – dramatic reduction in high sulphur fuel oil price predicted.

The marine fuel sector may be small, but it has the potential to have significant influence on global crude oil and refined product markets, so said Victor Shum Vice President of IHS Markit at the recent Asian Emissions Technologies conference in Singapore.

The marine industry is the most significant demand centre for high sulphur residue from product refining, which is the most difficult stream to be processed and upgraded in refineries. If, as predicted, there is a sharp drop in demand for high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) in 2020 when the global 0.50% sulphur limit comes into force, it is likely to have an acute impact on the price differential with low sulphur fuel products. Those making the right investment decisions could be very big winners.

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The cost of non-compliant fuel

Image courtesy The Maritime Executive

If delegates at the recent Asian Emissions Technology conference in Singapore were not aware of the care that must be taken when changing over from high sulphur to low sulphur fuel, then a presentation by a UK based ship manager was certainly a strong warning of the serious consequences of not getting it right.

A visit by Port State Control inspectors in Rotterdam resulted in a vessel being detained for 5 days  – a pointer to what can happen, not only in an ECA, but also when the global sulphur limit drops to 0.50% in 2020.

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And now to get ready!


How apt that January is named after the Roman God of gateways, of beginnings and endings and of transition. As 2016 draws to a close, this is one year where we can surely look back at a momentous decision for shipping and look ahead to what must happen next.

In October IMO made the only correct and sensible decision. No delays – from 2020 the global limit on marine fuel sulphur outside of ECA’s will be 0.50%. Ships will still be able to use higher sulphur fuel with an approved exhaust gas cleaning system, provided that the reduction in SOx emissions is at least as effective as the new sulphur cap.

The Organization is to be applauded. It is not only for EGCSA members that this brings certainty, but also the whole marine industry and its supplier base. It is a definite decision, beneficial to human health and the environment, that opens the door for businesses to take action.

So, is that job done? Read more

EGCSA Workshop – London, 30 November – 1 December 2016


The second EGCSA workshop of 2016 is to be held at London Heathrow 30 November – 1 December 2016

Day 1 (09:00 to 17:30) is open to all members, all associate members and a number of guests.

Day 2 is for members and suppliers of wash water measurement technologies (first session of the morning)

The speaker list for Day 1 is as follows (running order to be confirmed): Read more

EGCS vendors are ready to meet 2020 demand – Nils Hoy-Petersen explains what is required and why


Expert papers submitted to IMO will guide the 2020/2025 decision and will present various scenarios around the availability of fuel and alternative compliance technologies.

It is believed that at least one paper will use a scenario in which some 15% of the global fleet, in terms of ship numbers, are fitted with scrubbers. Depending upon the deadweight tonnage of the ships placing scrubber orders this could equate to nearer 30% of global fleet fuel consumption.

Scrubber vendors are ready to meet the demand, but are facing the challenge of delayed decision making by regulators, which results in the need for accelerated design and installation processes. An early decision is therefore essential to enable an ordered, safe and economic installation window prior to 2020. Read more

Certainty needed – why IMO must avoid phasing in of the new sulphur limit unless as a last resort for 2020

Full Ahead concept - Vintage ships engine room telegraph on full speed aheadFor marine engineers of a certain age, it used to be necessary to increase the electrical power available to the ship by manually synchronising the supply of an incoming generator with those already online using a series of lights. As the phases of the electrical supplies became properly aligned, the lights would flash ever more slowly, and at the right moment the engineer (with a little nervous anticipation) would close the breaker and put the generator ‘on the board’.

What has this to do with sulphur regulations, I hear you say? Well, phases and phasing in are words that may also be heard at MEPC 70 regarding introduction of the 0.5%S limit. Read more