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IMO 2020 & Solutions for the Ship Operators

Author: Ansh Sharma
by Ansh Sharma
Posted: Jul 26, 2019
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The sulphur emission and increasing marine pollution was a concern for the International Maritime Organisation and other stakeholders operating in the sphere of marine activities and trade. The ships usually use bunker oil which results in the emission of sulfur oxides harmful for the environment and human health. Towards an approach to solving the problems related to environment and pollution, limiting sulphur emission to 0.5% could be seen as a revolutionary step in the world of marine industry. The IMO 2020 aims to take strict actions combating the concerns in the marine industry related to environmental degradation which limits the sulphur emissions globally by 0.5% so that it may not contribute towards the harmful effects of global pollution. The consequences of pollution-generating from ships can be seen as a serious concern as it might affect the human respiratory system, marine biodiversity and may also result in acid rains thus affecting the quality of soil and crops for the people living around the port areas. Another grave reason contributing to marine pollution is the acidification of oceans which could destroy the marine ecosystem in a very drastic manner. The steps taken by IMO towards protecting the environment will definitely act as a positive factor for a better future by limiting the contribution of harmful gases to the environment.

SOx Scrubber Systems: Best Solution for IMO 2020 Compliances

The SOx Scrubbers seems to become quite popular amidst the debates of following the compliances of IMO 2020. The SO2 Scrubbers could definitely be the best solution for vessel operators to make themselves compliant under the guidelines. This could be also seen as a potential choice of vessel operators as it gives best ROI and helps ship owners to save a lot of money as compared to investing the high amount in making ships compatible with low sulphur oils as it may also have the implications of price hikes as the demand will increase in coming days.

Scrubber Technology or EGCS(Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems) are widely used in vessels to remove the harmful particles from the exhaust gases burning out of the ships. The combustion process from ship engines leads to emission of harmful gases which can be controlled through the wide range of Sox Scrubber Systems. This could be seen as a potential and popular technology to follow the compliances of IMO 2020. There are various types of scrubber systems which could be used as per the needs and requirements of the vessels.

How Scrubber Technology Works to Limit SOx Emission?The exhaust gases released after the combustion process is passed through the units of scrubber systems which uses alkaline material to treat the harmful gases and removes the harmful particulates and high sulphur content from it. The scrubbers mostly use non-chemicals to treat the gases so that it can be easily disposed of back to the sea safely without polluting the sea. It can be a exception that some areas might not allow disposing of washwater due to low-alkalinity of water streams such as rives or port areas.

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Make the oceans a safe place for sea life. Worked on various SOx Scrubber System, SO2 Scrubbers & Exhaust Scrubbers

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