The following ClassNK Technical Information Notice was newly issued.

To whom it may concern
Please be informed that Panama Canal Authority announced ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in Panama Canal waters.
In addition to the above, requirements of marine distillate fuel as published in “NT NOTICE TO SHIPPING No. N-1-2019” allow for cases whereby vessels may supplement or replace marine distillate fuels with LNG fuel, biofuels, closed loop scrubbers, and ULSFO & VLSFO not exceeding a
viscosity of 70 centistokes @ 50℃.
For further details regarding this regulation, please refer to the official notification (ADVISORY TO SHIPPING No. A-39-2019) from the Panama Canal Authority.
With regard to the regional regulations of SOx, relevant information is put on the quick links of ClassNK Homepage (i.e. SOx・PM regulations) hereafter.

Please refer to the following link.

Link http://www.classnk.or.jp/hp/en/activities/statutory/soxpm/index.html