” A Quarter of Ships on Order to Be Fitted with Scrubbers”, Clarksons
Imo regulation 2020 scrubbers: According to Clarksons, 2018 has seen enthusiasm for scrubbers grow and now over 25 percent of the orderbook by tonnage is confirmed to feature scrubbers. Nevertheless, the figure is still under 3 pct of the fleet.
“Our current scrubber list is north of 1,000 vessels but this probably underplays the latest position,” Clarksons said in a report.
Based on the data provided by Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA), there were 983 ships with exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubber) installed or on order as of May 31, 2018.
Major industry players such as Frontline, DHT, Star Bulk and Spliethoff have opted for scrubbers.
However Hapag-Lloyd revealed at the beginning of this month that it was testing exhaust gas cleaning technology (scrubbers) on two large containerships. The company added that it was also exploring the benefits of LNG as fuel.
Companies that opt for scrubbers believe they would gain an advantage over the competition as they will be able to continue using regular heavy fuel oil versus compliant fuels that are expected to be much more expensive.
As for the rest of the world fleet, low sulphur fuel is likely to be the primary option, with around 90 percent of the global fleet capacity expected to use compliant fuel at the start of 2020.