Low Sulphur Fuel and use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Requirements

In accordance with International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships MARPOL Annex VI, all vessels entering Australian waters are now required either to use a compliant fuel or be fitted with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS / Scrubber).

Any marine discharge within port limits must comply with the relevant Annexes of MARPOL and in accordance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2021 Guidelines for Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (resolution MEPC.340(77))

Both OPEN and CLOSED LOOP scrubbers are permitted for use in the Port of Geraldton if the wash water meets the IMO specified discharge criteria. Refer to  Marine Notice 2022/12.

Residues generated by EGCSs cannot be discharged anywhere at sea, or incinerated on board, as required by MEPC.340(77) Section 10.5

Vessel compliance with MARPOL Annex VI requirements, whilst in Australian waters, will be monitored by the AMSA as the Port State Control Authority for Australia.

Importantly, in the event of a malfunction, if an EGCS cannot be returned to a compliant condition within one hour, the vessel must then change over to compliant Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO).