Industry alliance rejects that wash water from scrubbers pollutes the ocean

A political alliance of carriers objects to a new NGO report that criticizes the use of scrubbers for exhaust gas cleaning. The report is misleading and exaggerates the facts, say the carriers, while defending the use of scrubbers.

Technician working on a Wärtsilä scrubber unit. | Photo: PR / Wärtsilä

Systems for exhaust gas cleaning on board ships, so-called scrubbers, polarizes the shipping industry where a group of carriers under the name Clean Shipping Alliance defend scrubbers as an environmentally friendly method.

Most recently, the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) rejects that open-loop scrubbers, which discharge the wash water from exhaust gas cleaning into the sea, pollute the ocean environment, as concluded in a new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

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