Hudson Shipping Lines slams use of scrubbers for releasing toxic wastewater into sea

HUDSON Shipping Lines is supporting the Environmental Protection Alliance's (EPA) campaign to ban vessels from being fitted with scrubber systems

27 October 2019 - 19:00

HUDSON Shipping Lines is supporting the Environmental Protection Alliance's (EPA) campaign to ban vessels from being fitted with scrubber systems.

Hudson earlier announced that it will not use vessels with open or closed loop exhaust scrubbers installed following the implementation of the International Maritime Organization's new rule that caps sulphur content in marine fuel to 0.5 per cent from January 1 2020.

Hudson expressed disappointment in its peers who have opted to use scrubbers and will continue burning high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO). It said that estimates indicate 15 per cent of the world's shipping fleet will be equipped with scrubbers, reported The Maritime Executive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

'With mounting scientific evidence of the environmental harm caused by scrubber systems dumping their toxic waste products into the marine environment and releasing chemicals that are harmful to human health into the air, Hudson is committed to ending the use of scrubber systems,' said the company in a statement.

'The energy and efforts of the EPA in fighting the use of scrubbers have already attracted attention in the mainstream media and within the shipping community and Hudson will be providing the EPA with commercial, operational and technical advice and support.'

Hudson's president Avi Eilon said: 'The spirit of the IMO's sulphur rules are clear, HSFO has a profoundly negative affect on our environment and should no longer be used by the shipping industry.

'The current regulations allow vessels with scrubber systems to dump heavy metals and other chemicals into our oceans. This is simply transferring the pollution that was emitted by funnels to toxic wastewater being discharged into the ocean.'

In addition to its commitment to support the EPA, Hudson will be withdrawing its membership from the Trident Alliance due to the organisation's incompatible views with Hudson on the enforcement of the IMO rules.

'Hudson was disappointed to find that within days of Hudson's membership into the Alliance, the Trident Alliance sought to immediately stifle Hudson's stance against scrubber systems,' said company representative Benjamin Malkin. 'We had hoped to join an organisation with a true commitment to taking action on environmental issues.'

Hudson is a supply chain management company with an integrated global shipping portfolio utilising 70 dry bulk carriers. It has offices in Australia, the Bahamas, Bulgaria, China, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, the US and Vietnam.


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