‘Unprecedented Surge’ in Scrubber Enquiries, Says Consultants

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  • Scrubber enquiry surges after doubts over the quality and availability of 0.50% sulfur content new fuels.
  • Shipowners demands assurance that the systems have been fully evaluated and optimised.

According to Marine engineering consultancy Foreship, the quality concerns of the new very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) blends are driving new interest in installing scrubbers, reports Ship&Bunker.

Scrubber retrofit enquiries

The company said an unprecedented surge of enquiries is seen on how exhaust gas cleaning systems can be fitted at short notice.

This surge is after doubts over the quality and availability of 0.50% sulfur content new fuels.

Reduced installation time

According to the company, the equipment suppliers work towards reducing installation times for the emissions-cleaning systems. 

Still, shipowners demand assurance that the systems have been fully evaluated and optimised.

Scrubber switch advantageous?

Olli Somerkallio, project lead for scrubbers at Foreship said, “The realities of IMO 2020 have caught many off guard, with some in the market quickly shifting from contemplating whether a switch to scrubbers was advantageous to considering how soon they can practically do so.”

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Source: Ship&Bunker

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