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In addition to using compliant fuel to meet the 0.50% sulphur requirement that entered into force on 1 January 2020, there also exists the option to use “equivalent” compliance mechanisms in accordance with Regulation 4 of MARPOL Annex VI, one of which is the use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) commonly known as Scrubbers.  


In this regard the ICS Secretariat maintains a list, which has been revised several times, of ports around the world that were identified as prohibiting the discharge from open loop scrubbers by ships visiting these ports. The latest version of the list is provided below.

Country Port/Sea area Additional information
Albania All ports Restricted
Australia Ports of Sydney and Hastings Restricted
Belgium All ports and inland sea areas Restricted
Belize Restricted
Bermuda Restricted
Brazil All ports owned by Vale Restricted
British Virgin Islands Restricted
Canada Port of St John Restricted
Port of Vancouver Restricted
China Inland River ECA’s Restricted
Waters of ports in Coastal ECA’s Restricted
Bohai Sea waters Restricted
Port of Hong Kong Application to be made to Hong Kong authorities 14 days prior to a ship’s first visit to HK for exemption from using compliant fuel.
Columbia Internal waters, territorial sea area, and the contiguous Colombian zone Restricted
Croatia Restricted
Egypt Suez Canal Restricted
Finland Port of Sköldvik/Kilpilahti Not allowed in harbour area
France French territorial waters (including all ports) within three nautical miles from the nearest land Restricted
Germany Inland waterways Restricted
Canals Restricted
Port of Kiel Restricted
Port of Hamburg Restricted
Port of Rostock Restricted
River Elbe Restricted
Ghana Restricted
Gibraltar Restricted
Ireland Port of Dublin Restricted
Port of Waterford Restricted
Port of Cork Restricted
Port of Bantry Restricted
Shannon Foynes Port Restricted
Kenya Within port limits Restricted
Malaysia Within 12 nautical miles of land Ships transiting the Malacca Strait are permitted to use EGCS unless enroute to a Malaysian port.
Mauritius Within 12 nautical miles of land Restricted
Mexico Restricted
Monaco Restricted
Montenegro Restricted
Morocco Port of Casablanca Restricted
Mozambique Port areas Restricted
New Zealand Auckland Restricted
Canterbury Region Restricted
Marlborough Region Restricted
Norway The World Heritage Fjords Restricted
Port of Eidfjord Restricted
Port of Stavanger Restricted
Oman Restricted
Pakistan Port of Karachi Restricted
Port of Bin Qasim Restricted
Panama Panama Canal Restricted
Portugal Port of Aveiro Restricted
Port of Leixoes Restricted
Port of Lisbon Restricted
Port of Sines Restricted
Qatar Restricted
Romania Within port limits Restricted
Saudi Arabia Restricted
Scotland Port of Firth of Forth & Tay Restricted
Singapore Within port limits Does not apply to ships transiting the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) without calling into the Port of Singapore.
Slovenia Restricted
Spain Port of Cadiz Restricted
Port of Bilbao Restricted
Port of Algeciras Restricted
Port of Cartegena Restricted
Port of Huelva Restricted
Port of Barcelona (at berth) Restricted
Canary islands ports Restricted
Port of Gijon Restricted
Sweden Port of Stenungsund Restricted
Port of Trellebord Restricted
Port of Gothenburg Restricted
Port of Oxelosund Restricted
Port of Petroport Restricted
Port of Stockholm Restricted
Thailand Restricted
Trinidad & Tobago Restricted
Turkey Restricted
United Arab Emirates Port of Fujairah Restricted
Port of Dubai Restricted
United Kingdom Royal Portbury Dock Allowed on a case-by-case basis with permission of harbour authority
Port of Felixstowe Restricted
Bristol Port Company Restricted
Cromary Firth Port Restricted
United States of America Ports of Conneticut Restricted
Port of Seattle Restricted
Ports of California Restricted
Port Everglades Restricted
Ports of Hawaii Allowed subject to certain terms in 2013 VGP
U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries Restricted

The above list is intended to aid ships fitted with open loop scrubbers to plan in advance accordingly. In any case, member companies of ICS Members are recommended to obtain further clarifications from relevant authorities before their ships visit these ports.  The Secretariat has been informed of hefty fines being imposed on ships that do not follow individual port requirements on this issue.  Members are therefore encouraged to advise caution to their member companies in this regard.