Scorpio had previously announced it would be fitting 146 scrubbers to its tankers and bulkers to comply with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap at a price range of $1.5m to $2.5m per unit.
In announcements made on Monday Scorpio said it would installing 42 hybrid-ready scrubbers to its tankers in 2019 and 10 systems in 2020 at a cost of $79.6m. Hybrid-ready means the scrubbers are open-loop with the capability to be upgraded to a closed–loop configuration.
Scorpio did not reveal the name of the scrubber manufacturer.
The company also announced that Scorpio Bulkers would be fitting 18 hybrid-ready scrubbers systems to its vessels in 2019 and 10 more in 2020 at a cost of $42.4m.
In addition Scorpio Tankers has options for 28 more systems and Scorpio Bulkers options for 18 in 2020.
The announcement on fitting open-loop, hybrid-ready scrubbers comes as one of the world’s largest ports – Singapore – announced it would ban the operation of open-loop scrubbers in its waters from 2020.
The installation of scrubbers to me the requirements of the 2020 sulphur cap is becoming increasingly controversial with in particular open-loop scrubbers seen as simply transferring sulphur pollution from the air to the sea.