- IMO regulation states current global limit for sulphur content in fuel oil used on board vessels will change from 3.50% to a maximum of 0.5% from January 2020.
- Vessels should either have scrubbers installed on board or use compliant fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% outside ECAs.
- Maersk opted scrubber installation after analysing and evaluating various options, taking into account the long-term financial viability and environmental impact.
- Scrubber systems will be installed on one existing LR2 vessel, as well as three LR2 newbuilds within the Maersk Product Tanker fleet.
In a recent development, Maersk Tankers has announced that they will be investing in four scrubber systems which will be installed on selected LR2 vessels in the Maersk Product Tanker fleet before January 2020 to comply with the IMO’s sulphur regulation, says a press release on their website.
Stringent IMO Regulation
The new IMO regulation states that the current global limit for sulphur content in fuel oil used on board vessels will change from 3.50% to a maximum of 0.50% from January 2020.
As a result, from January 1, 2020, the world’s shipping fleet will be required either to have scrubbers installed on board or to use compliant fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% (outside Emission Control Areas (ECAs)).
How Scrubber was Opted?
To comply with the regulation, Maersk Tankers has analysed and evaluated various options, taking into account the long-term financial viability of available options and potential environmental impact.
“We have carried out extensive analyses while also consulting with industry specialists and relevant regulatory bodies. Based on that, installing scrubbers on selected larger-sized product tanker vessels is assessed to be a financially viable solution while combining it with the use of compliant low-sulphur fuel on the majority of the fleet,” said Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk Tankers.
Vessels Selected to Have Scrubber
The scrubber systems will be installed on one existing LR2 vessel, as well as three LR2 newbuildings within the Maersk Product Tanker fleet.
Installing scrubbers on smaller-sized tanker vessel is not currently deemed financially viable.
Deeper Understanding Needed
“Maersk Tankers supports the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation and will implement it as required. However, we also recognise a need for gaining a deeper understanding of the regulation’s overall implication on the global product tanker industry,” Thomassen says.
Maersk Tankers states that the company is also ready to handle scrubbers for the vessels that are operated in its commercial pools.
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