EUROPE: Port of Rotterdam prepares for nationwide degassing ban

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands has made EUR250,000 available for trials with mobile degassing systems ahead of a planned nationwide ban which will prohibit vessels from removing vapours from their holds while in transit.

At present, degassing - the practice that sees remaining vapours removed from cargo tanks in order to be able to take new cargo - is often carried out by liquid cargo vessels while in transit.

'It is important to me that we quickly arrange good alternatives to releasing vapours while en route,' said Minister Cora Van Nieuwenhuizen, who recently visited Rotterdam's Seinehaven to attend a trial with a mobile degassing system.

'The existing procedure creates health risks for crews and local residents and is hazardous to the environment.

We need to quickly determine the best alternative to this practice, and these tests will help.'

As Bunkerpsot previously reported, a degassing ban for inland navigation tankers was introduced in the Netherlands this year.

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