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News round-up: Scrubbers, seafarers and smart shipping

Last week in shipping scrubbers, and whether they are a good investment continued to be a dominate topic, while kidnapping of seafarers in the southern Philippines remained a real threat.

The last six months has seen the interest in exhaust gas scrubbers soar as owners see a potential major opex savings versus using low sulphur fuel – so what are the economic benefits and what the pitfalls?

Scrubber numbers surge to 1,850 - 'decision to invest should be made yesterday'

The economics of scrubbers

yarabossAnd on the economic front it’s definitely good news for the manufacturers:

Yara Marine looks to nearly double workforce to meet scrubber demand

We keep being told that smart shipping is supposed save owners and managers money and Paul Stanley, ceo of GNS, explained exactly how they are trying to make that a reality in the world of electronic navigation:

GNS helping owners and managers buy only the navigational data they need

Speaking of navigation the area around the Sulu – Celebes Sea and Sabah, East Malaysia remains one to avoid if possible as the threat of seafarers being kidnapped for ransom is still a very real one:

recaapinfoImminent threat of seafarer kidnap for ransom remains off Southern Philippines, warns ReCAAP

Also on the seafarering front there is the question as to whether the Philippines has done enough to pass its latest European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) audit:

Philippines officials seek to reassure on EMSA audit compliance, but have they done enough?



As the offshore market starts to recover the consolidation game is very much in play with another rig owner merger announced last week:

Offshore drilling consolidation - Ensco and Rowan in all stock merger

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