Stena Bulk has become the latest owner to opt for scrubbers for 2020 sulphur cap compliance with an order for up to 21 units from Shanghai Bluesoul Environmental Technology.

Scorpio Group’s massive about turn on scrubbers to order 146 exhaust gas cleaning units for its tanker and bulker fleets is a “commercial opportunity to burn cheap fuel”, according to the shipowner’s managing director.

Singapore-headquartered tanker owner AET has named its first two LNG dual-fuelled aframaxes.

Work has begun on building Europe’s largest butane river tankers at VEKA shipyard in the Netherlands.

The IMO 2020 clock is ticking - as 1 January 2020 looms closer, now little more than one year away, interest in scrubbers seems to have surged. Most notably, a number of public companies have joined the scrubber fray, leading financial analysts, rather than purely technical types, to look closely at their economics.

Ardmore Shipping is to fit Optimarin ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) to 18 tankers in its fleet, noting operational problems it has had 10 “alternate” systems it has installed.

Commodities trading house Trafigura has named the first two of some 35 newbuildings being built at yards in South Korea and China.

Greece is still by some way the largest shipowning country, but the gap is closing as China’s fleet expansion continues at a rapid rate as it overtakes Japan for the number two position.

Dorian LPG has fired back that BW LPG has been “disingenious” to say it has been unresponsive to the Singapore-owned company's takeover proposals.

Common Structural Rules Software, a joint venture company formed by ABS and Lloyd’s Register (LR), has released a software upgrade that simplifies compliance with current and pending IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR).

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