NYK Line has approached compatriot Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) to construct a next-generation, scrubber-fitted bulk carrier on the back of a long term charter contract with JFE Steel Corporation.

Taiwan’s state-owned shipbuilder CSBC Corp has completed an installation of a scrubber into a 13,000-teu containership owned by Hong Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).

Shipowners opting to use scrubber technology starting 2020 should be prepared to face mandatory scrubber washwater monitoring, according to water quality monitoring technology firm Rivertrace.

“I’m crossing my fingers here,” DNV GL’s director, environment Eirik Nyhus admitted recently.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed a ban on the carriage of high sulphur fuel by vessels unless they are fitted with a scrubber from two months after the 1 January 2020 0.5% sulphur cap coming into force.

Alfa Laval PureSOx customers are a step ahead – even if they choose an open-loop SOx scrubber system.

As the debate over future fuel choices rages on naval architect and marine engineering firm Foreship believes owners will turn back to high sulphur heavy fuel oil by 2030 with 30% of owners opting for scrubbers.

As Alfa Laval brings to a close its 100th anniversary year the company will be showing its latest innovations at Marintec China 2017.