Scorpio Group has added a further 23 scrubber units for $33.3m from Pacific Green Technologies to be installed on its bulker and tanker fleets.

Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry (CSHI) and Wartsila have penned a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the production and growth of the exhaust has cleaning market in China.

China’s Cosco Shipping Lines is planning to complete the installation of scrubbers on 10 of its existing containerships by this year, ahead of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulation.

An estimated 4,000 ships will be fitted with scrubbers by 1 January 2020 when IMO’s global bunker fuel sulphur cap rule is enforced, according to the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA).

It is little surprise to learn from scrubber manufacturer Yara Marine Technologies ceo Peter Strandberg that “business is fantastic” at the moment given the rush ahead of IMO 2020, but he also believes the product has a more long term future in the marine sphere.

A new independent study conducted by Netherlands-based CE Delft has found negligible environmental impact from accumulated scrubber wash water in ports, the Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has highlighted.

The appearance of stricter local water discharge regulations for the shipping industry may affect exhaust gas cleaning systems. With the potential for further discharge limits down the road, how can ship owners be sure about the future?

Matson, Inc. has announced that it has begun installing scrubbers on six of its vessels in its Hawaii and China-Long Beach Express services as part of its strategy to reduce emissions in line with the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation.

The business case for retrofitting scrubbers will eventually “disappear” as the price spread between high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) and low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) will keep on narrowing, according to Drewry Maritime Research.

As much as 16% of the global containership fleet by vessel count and 35.7% in terms of capacity have been equipped with scrubbers as at end-May, seven months ahead of the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation, according to Alphaliner data.

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