In a letter to Secretary General Kitack Lim, ten NGOs urge IMO to impose a moratorium for scrubbers. Photo: Flickr.com / Interntional Maritime Organization CC BY
Call for moratorium on ship scrubbers
In May, ten international non-governmental organisations sent a letter to the IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, calling for an immediate moratorium on the shipping industry’s use of scrubber technology as an alternative compliance mechanism for current SOx Emissions Control Areas and the looming 2020 global fuel sulphur standards. This follows the publication of alarming evidence in a US federal felony criminal case against Carnival Corporation that demonstrated how Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) systems failed multiple times, leading to significant air and water pollution violations.
The letter was signed by Stand.earth, Pacific Environment, Transport & Environment, Seas at Risk, Ecodes, Circumpolar Conservation Union, NABU, Friends of the Earth US, Environmental Investigation Agency, and WWF Canada.