Published: May 29, 2020

Correspondents in Brazil notified us that the Directorate of Ports and Coasts (DPC), Head of Environmental Affairs for the Brazilian Costal Area and Jurisdictional Waters advises as follows:

“The impact of the water used for washing exhaust gases in the aquatic environment has not yet been properly evaluated and there is no understanding of the effects of this disposal on the aquatic environment.

Based on the principle of precaution, whereby States are expected to take preventive measures “against potential risks that, according to the current state of knowledge, cannot yet be identified” (Rio 92 Declaration on Environment and Sustainable Development), and on the existing provisions in national legislation, especially Law 9.966/00, the discharge of effluents generated by “Scrubbers or Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS)” is not allowed and the vessel, when in Brazilian waters, must operate with fuel within specifications (sulphur content up to 0.5% m/m)”.


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