Singapore, the world's largest bunkering port, is gearing up for the start of the 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020.
The question as to whether or not to fit scrubbers was in focus at a Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE branch meeting recently.
DHT Holdings has raised $50m in financing for its scrubber retrofit programme.
Major container lines Ocean Network Express (ONE), Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and APL all say that the costs of complying with the 2020 low sulphur cap will have to be passed onto customers.
DFDS is investing DKK300m ($46.8m) to equip its fleet of 12 freight ferries in the Meditteranean with scrubbers.
Safe Bulkers is to install Alfa Laval scrubbers on half its fleet with the work carried out at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (CSHI) shipyards next year.
Reefer container freight rates will go up by as soon as the second half of 2019, ONE ceo Jeremy Nixon said at the 4th Cool Logistics Asia in Hong Kong.
Japanese container line Ocean Network Express (ONE) is likely to use mainly compliant hybrid fuels to meet the 2020 0.5% sulphur cap.
AP Moller - Maersk has moved to ensure a supply of 0.5% low sulphur fuel oil come 2020 with a joint bunkering facility with Vopak in the Port of Rotterdam.