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Scorpio details $122m in scrubber orders for tankers and bulkers

Scorpio Group has provided details of $122m of scrubber installations for its tanker and bulker fleets.

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.

Read more: Singapore to ban use of open loop scrubbers in port waters

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.

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