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Wartsila sees growing demand for scrubbers

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Wartsila is seeing a growing demand for scrubbers as the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel in 2020 looms.

Speaking at the company’s annual results briefing earlier this week, Roger Holm, president of Wartsila Marine Solutions said: “We see a clear increase in scrubber demand since second quarter last year.”

“We had 77 scrubber orders last year and clear development over the year.”

The growth in demand for scrubbers is expected to continue this year and Wartsila is seeing a mix of scrubber orders for both newbuilds and retrofits, with an increasing volume of retrofits.

Fitting scrubbers is one of the alternatives available to owners to meet the 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel emissions from 2020, others include LNG as a marine fuel and using gas oil. Owners have been reluctant to invest in scrubbers given the upfront cost and the difficulties in financing the purchase.

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