Shipowners looking to dispose of wash water from closed-loop scrubbers probably shouldn’t count on a long-term solution in US port facilities.

That was the word from US Coast Guard Commander Nicole Rodriguez in response to a question at the annual Heidmar Marine Forum in Houston today.

Rodriguez, who oversees sector Houston-Galveston, was asked by Heidmar’s David Lockwood, global quality manager, whether the Coast Guard is taking steps to arrange for removal of such effluents as the 1 January 2020 IMO carbon emissions deadline approaches.