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Standard Club says the Brazilian Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC) / Navy have changed their previous guidance on the topic - and that the discharge of washwater from open loop and/or hybrid scrubbers is allowed within Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters.

Earlier this year, Standard Club had recommended that vessels calling at Brazilian ports switch to a closed-loop, if equipped with a hybrid scrubber, or use IMO 2020-compliant fuel while entering in national waters.

However, pointing to an article published by its correspondent BRAZMAR Marine Services, Standard Club says DPC / Navy has reversed the decision to ban scrubber washwater discharge ‘until the competent environmental authority has the opportunity to better assess the scenario’.

This is based on the assumption that the subject exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) is class-approved, has a plan for compliance of SOx emissions and is approved as per the requirements of resolution MEPC.259 (68) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

However, the protection and indemnity club advised that members with an open-loop (or hybrid) scrubber installed on their ship check with local agents or club’s correspondents on any applicable regulations in relation to the use of scrubbers, such as wash-water discharge restrictions, or requirements to seek permission from authorities for using scrubbers in port waters.

‘Ship's staff need to be mindful when their ships operate in regions where scrubber discharge is prohibited (or restricted), and switch either to a closed-loop mode of scrubber (if applicable, for hybrid scrubbers) or to compliant fuel well in advance of the ship’s arrival at such ports,’ Standard Club said.

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