Shipping industry ill-prepared for F-gas regulations

A leading maritime equipment supplier has warned that the shipping industry is ill-prepared for the new F-gas regulations.

As well as not paying close attention to leak prevention, the shipping industry has a huge reliance on R404A but is largely unaware of the impending phase-outs in the EU or the increasing likelihood of similar action in the rest of the world.

Svenn Jacobsen, technical product manager of refrigerants and refrigeration at Norwegian company Wilhelmsen Ships Service, says that ship-owners are incurring unnecessary operating costs by not ensuring their onboard refrigeration units are leak-tight. The EU F-gas regulation will also introduce mandatory leak checks to the shipping industry for the first time…

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