IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap - Scrubbers - A Country Guide

The following table lists countries which have imposed bans on vessels fitted with open-loop SOx scrubbers calling at their ports, and on the discharge of washwater from these scrubber systems within their port waters. The information in the table, which is not exhaustive, is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. The table will be updated as and when additional information comes through. Members are recommended to check for any potential adoption of additional requirements and changes to the current regulations prior to their vessels calling at these ports.

If Members have any questions relating to the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your usual Club contact who will be pleased to assist you.

Updated 18/10/2019

Country Is there a ban on open-loop scrubbers? If not, is there a ban on the discharge of scrubber wash water within port waters? Regulations
Australia No, but under review No, but under review

EPA 2015/0695

(different regs for cruiseships)
Belgium Yes Yes, within 3nm of coast No specific provisions
China Yes, as of 01/01/19, in the waters of Inland River ECA, ports within Coastal ECAs and Bohai-rim Sea Area Yes Click here for Regulations
China - Hong Kong No Yes

Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels)
(Fuel at Berth) Regulation” Chapter 311AA,
gazette Number E.R. 2 of 2015

Denmark – Aalborg, Frederecia, Kalundborg Yes    

Finland – Porvoo


France – Port Jerome, Le Havre, Ambes and Seine River


Germany – Wesser ports, Elbe ports, Kiel canal ports and Rostock

Yes Yes, in certain ports and Kiel Canal

§ 13 Abs. 7 SeeUmweltverhaltensverordnung

Ireland - Dublin, Waterford and Cork Yes Yes

Regulations here

Italy – Ravenna

Japan No Yes No specific provisions are currently available

Latvia - Ventspills

Yes N/A N/A
Lithuania - Klapeida Yes N/A N/A
Norway Yes, as of 01/03/19 Yes Amendments to the Norwegian Regulation of 30 May 2012  
No. 488 on environmental safety for ships and mobile offshore
Panama Yes    
Russia - Primorsk, St Petersburg Yes    
Singapore Yes, as of 01/01/20 Yes No specific provisions are currently available

Spain – Algeciras, Cartagena and Huelva; Gibraltar


Sweden – Brofjorden, Gavle, Norrkoping, Umea, Sundsvall, Skelleftehamn

UAE - Abu Dhabi No Yes, unless free of pollutants or into an approved facility


UK – Finnart, Hull

UAE - Fujairah Yes, as of 22/01/19 Yes


US - California Yes Yes Ocean Going Vessel (OGV) Fuel Regulation
US - Connecticut Yes Yes

VGP 2013 Section 6.5.9

Click here
US - Hawaii No Yes, but reporting has to be in line with 6.7.1 of the 2013 VGP

VGP 2013 Section 6.7.1

'Blanket Section 401' Water Quality Criteria

Staff Author