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Scrubbers tops with box ships, now 16pc of world fleet: Alphaliner

SOME 16 per cent of the world's containerships and 35

Scrubbers tops with box ships, now 16pc of world fleet: Alphaliner

SOME 16 per cent of the world's containerships and 35

13 June 2019 - 19:00

SOME 16 per cent of the world's containerships and 35.7 per cent in terms of TEU capacity, have been equipped with scrubbers by June, seven months ahead of the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation, according to Alphaliner data.

Scrubbers have been installed on and ordered for 844 containerships with a combined capacity of 8.09 million TEU, breaking down to 590 ships to be retrofitted, 181 newbuildings, and 73 delivered and existing ships.



The figures compared to a total global fleet of 5,272 ships of 22.66 million TEU, including an orderbook of 420 ships of 2.55 million TEU, as at end-May 2019.



From January 2020, the IMO Marpol Annex VI regulation on capping marine fuel sulphur content to 0.5 per cent will enter into force for all ocean-going vessels. The fuel sulphur limit will be down from the current cap of 3.5 per cent.



'Among shipowners' and carriers' efforts to meet the upcoming IMO 2020 emission standards, scrubbers thus quickly emerged as the preferred alternative to LSFO or MDO bunker,' Alphaliner said.



'Several carriers that initially expressed scepticism over the use of scrubbers have since changed their minds. All the world's top 12 container lines have now committed to this option to varying degrees,' said Alphaliner.


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