Ecotoxicity assessment gives open-loop scrubbers the all clear

The recent study on ecotoxicity was conducted following IMO GESAMP guidelines by DHI (Danish Hydraulics Institute) appointed by EGCSA (Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Association). The study tackles the question of whether or not the water discharged by scrubbers is harmful. To perform the study, discharge water was taken from four ships operating in northern Europe with open-loop scrubbers. The samples were homogenized and presented to different levels of marine organisms. In every case, the risk of ecotoxicity was much below the level that could be considered unacceptable. The results demonstrate that the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems, specifically the open-loop scrubbers, do not endanger the marine ecosystem.


According to Don Gregory, Director of the EGCSA commented that  The study's findings were not surprising. The report debunks the myths and unsupported claims of some NGOs attempting to outlaw the use of residual fuel oil. Moreover, the study assures ports, harbors, and other authorities about the legality of operating open-loop scrubbers in their jurisdictions. Claims would face another 3.5 years of elevated Sulphur emissions if scrubbers were not installed.


Albion Marine Solutions is a turnkey service provider that emphasizes and focuses on creating a sustainable operating environment within the marine industry by providing economical and environmentally friendly exhaust gas cleaning system solutions. To reduce and completely diminish the impact of marine exhaust gas emissions on the environment, mainly by Sox and NOx Sulphur oxide and Nitrogen oxide, respectively. Albion professional team is well prepared to plan, execute and support the retrofit of scrubbers, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems on client's vessels and the acceptance of turnkey exhaust gas cleaning systems to comply with IMO's existing and future emissions rules. To learn more about the study, you can also visit the official EGCSA website Ecotoxicity assessment gives open loop scrubbers the all clear – EGCSA

Transport Canada is implementing new Ballast Water Regulations for Canadian ships travelling internationally as well as those entering Canada.


The Ballast Water Regulations come into effect in Canada on June 23, 2021. Under the Canada Shipping Act 2001, these regulations are one way that Canada is protecting our environment and economy from aquatic invasive species. By 2024, all vessels must comply with these new regulations. Ballast waters make sure and enable vessels to sail safely. The water adds weight to the vessel, allowing it to float at the appropriate depth while maintaining its level and stability. When a vessel has to be stabilized, such as when cargo is unloaded or loaded at ports in adverse weather conditions, ballast water can be taken on board or released.






Why is it necessary to regulate ballast water?


Implementing new Ballast water regulations will directly bring down and diminish the risk of vessels being unintentionally introducing and spreading aquatic invasive species. Species, which live in the water and become harmful when they are not in their natural habitat) and pathogens ( Disease-causing bacteria and viruses) to environments outside of their natural range. These species can quickly multiply in numbers if they do not have natural predators in their new environment. This might have severe economic and environmental consequences.




The Ballast Water Regulations now go one step further by addressing species dispersion within Canada and species transfer from Canada to other countries. This will help in protecting global biodiversity. As per regulations it requires all Canadian Vessels and other vessels entering Canadian waters must:


  • Create and implement a ballast water management plan that has been validated.
  • Adhere to guidelines that limit the number of organisms released.
  • Be surveyed and inspected regularly by an authorized organization.
  • Maintain records and carry a valid certificate that allows inspectors to verify that the vessel is in good working order.


The restrictions benefit all Canadians and apply to anyone in charge of a vessel built to transport ballast water, including Canadian and foreign vessels entering Canadian waters. Unless they do business in Canada and take on or release ballast water, American vessels transiting between U.S. ports in the Great Lakes will not be governed by Canada. For more information, visit Managing ballast water (

Albion Marine wins contract for Vessel Disposal


As part of the fleet modernization program, Albion Marine was awarded the contract to provide supervision services for vessel disposal of a 122mtrs long passenger vessel. Currently, our marine Engineers are working with Transport Canada, vessel management, and a recycling facility. Albion is providing onsite Supervision of decommissioning and disposal of a retired ferry at Sydney, Nova Scotia. 



Albion Marine emphasizes on sustainable environment and energy optimizing solutions. Albion Marine Engineers are specialized in marine salvage and wreck removal, complete end-of-life marine vessel decommissioning and recycling, vessel conversions afloat and dry dock. We are the best in this domain; get in touch with us for hassle-free green disposal.  




25 June Seafarer's Day "A Fair Future for Seafarers."


Albion Marine solutions would like to respect seafarers and honors the importance and contributions of sea transportation to global trade and the economy. The Day of the Seafarer, held on 25 June every year, draws global attention to seafarers' contributions to world trade. The world is steadily improving through the global pandemic, which has halted the global economy worldwide. So, it's very much essential than ever to recognize mariners' efforts to keep the supply chain open amid challenging conditions when there was lockdown worldwide. Moreover, ensure that the future being built is fair to them. That's why the subject of the IMO's 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign is "A Fair Future for Seafarers."


According to IMO ( International Maritime Organization), "Our 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign builds on the progress to support seafarers on pandemic-related challenges. It aims to draw global attention to all areas where fairness is essential. This includes a safe, secure environment on ships, reasonable working conditions, fair treatment in all situations, as well as respect for the rights of all - regardless of race, gender and religion."​. For more information, visit Day of the Seafarer 2021 explores fair future (

Update from the International Maritime Organization (IMO): MEPC 76

MEPC -76 meeting held from June 10 to 17, 2021; this was the 76th session of the International Maritime Organization's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76) which took place remotely with a limited agenda. MEPC 76 adopted technical and operational measures to reduce international shipping's carbon intensity, which will go into effect in 2023. The Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), enhanced Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), and the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) assessment scheme is among the metrics.

The meeting highlighted three essential things which are very much relevant for the owners and managers of ships. First, to reduce the carbon intensity of international shipping, IMO adopted technical and operational measures (EEXI, CII and SEEMP), including supporting guidelines; establishes ship rating system. Second, In Arctic waters, ships are prohibited from using or transporting heavy fuel oil for use as fuel. Third, adopted a ban on cybutryne in anti-fouling systems.

MEPC 76 adopted the following EEXI guidelines:

  • Guidelines on the method of calculation of the attained Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI)
  • Guidelines on survey and certification of the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI)
  • Guidelines on the shaft/engine power limitation system comply with the EEXI requirements and use of a power reserve.

MEPC 76 adopted the following CII guidelines:

  • Guidelines on operational carbon intensity indicators and the calculation methods (G1)
  • Guidelines on the reference lines for use with operational carbon intensity indicators (G2)
  • Guidelines on the operational carbon intensity reduction factors relative to reference lines (G3)
  • Guidelines on the operational carbon intensity rating of ships (G4)

Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)

  • Due to time restrictions, the proposed SEEMP rules were referred to a Correspondence Group for further work and adoption at MEPC 78 in 2022 at the earliest.
  • MEPC 76 agreed to clarify the regulatory wording by stating that the SEEMP verification and audit obligation would only apply to ships with a gross tonnage of more than 5,000 GT subjects to the CII requirements.


Amendments to the following IMO instruments were adopted by the MEPC 76:

MARPOL Annex VI – To take technical and operational measures to minimize the carbon intensity of international shipping. 

The Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) applicable from the first annual, intermediate, or renewal I APP survey after January 1, 2023. The operational Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) rating scheme takes effect on January 1, 2023, and the upgraded Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) requires an approved SEEMP to be carried on board from January 1, 2023.

MARPOL Annex I – Ban on the use and carriage to fuel heavy fuel oil by ships in Arctic waters. The amendments will enter into force on November 1, 2022.

MARPOL Annexes I and IV: Survey and certification standards are waived for unmanned, non-self-propelled UNSP barges. The amendments will take effect on November 1, 2022.

Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships Convention (AFS) – Controls on cybutryne and form of the International Anti-fouling System Certificate. The amendments will enter into force on January 1, 2023. 

Albion Marine Solutions advises customers to assess potential technical and operational changes to meet the forthcoming requirement and plan for the creation of an EEXI Technical File and a SEEMP. For more information, get in touch with Albion Marine Solution This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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