Regulating scrubbers: How ports and jurisdictions can go beyond IMO guidelines

3rd May, 4:30pm – 5:45pm CET

The ICCT’s Marine Team is organizing a workshop, “Regulating scrubbers: How ports and jurisdictions can go beyond IMO guidelines”, to bring the attention of ports, national governments and other relevant stakeholders to the problem of scrubber discharge water, by sharing best practices information and demonstrating how ports and jurisdictions can protect their waters by restricting the use of scrubbers.

The ICCT released a global study on scrubber discharge water and its effects on water and air pollution, considering the global bans already implemented at that time. Recent ICCT research has shown that measures against scrubbers currently exist in 49 jurisdictions in the form of bans and restrictions implemented both by ports and national governments.

The workshop aims to connect interested parties and provide the ports and national governments with examples of procedures and best practices to go beyond pollution limits established in IMO guidelines by banning or restricting the use of scrubbers in their waters. The Ports of Gothenburg, Trelleborg (Sweden), and the Port of Vancouver (Canada) will present how to integrate the appropriate measures into the ports’ legislations; while the presentation of Mr. Chircop will suggest to the authorities how UNCLOS laws could help them to regulate scrubbers use in their national waters.

Moderator: Liudmila Osipova, ICCT Researcher
Input: Camilla Carraro, ICCT Fellow

Invited presenters:

Jennie Folkunger, Port of Trelleborg (Sweden)

  • Banning scrubber discharges in the Port of Trelleborg: The Port of Trelleborg introduced a ban on discharging scrubber water several years ago, why and how? What is the legal foundation for such a measure?

Megan McCann, Fraser Vancouver Port Authority (Canada)

  • Scrubber wash water restrictions at the Port of Vancouver: The reasons why we put restrictions on scrubber wash water discharges in our port

Aldo Chircop, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia (Canada)

  • Scrubbers and the law: The use of scrubbers as an alternative compliance mechanism for ships to comply with the IMO 2020 sulphur content in fuel rule in MARPOL


Camilla Carraro