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Keppel secures scrubber and BWTS retrofit projects worth $118m in 2019

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Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) announced on Thursday that it has secured 104 scrubber and ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) retrofit orders worth a combined value of about SGD160m ($118m) for the year-to-date.

This brings Keppel O&M’s total number of retrofit projects secured to date to 108 scrubber and 97 BWTS projects.

“Installation of scrubbers and BWTS can be highly complex and there has been strong demand worldwide to meet regulatory deadlines,” said Chor How Jat, managing director (conversions & repairs) of Keppel O&M.

With the IMO 2020 regulation to cap the sulphur content of marine fuel at no more than 0.5%, and the standards set out by the Ballast Water Management Convention, there has been an increase in demand from ship owners for exhaust cleaning scrubber systems that limit sulphur emissions and BWTS system solutions. 

“We completed Singapore’s first scrubber installation last year in under 30 days and we were also the first shipyard in Singapore to successfully undertake a BWTS retrofit project back in 2013,” Chor added.        

To expedite the retrofit process, Keppel conducts early customer engagement and preparation work, including the utilisation of 3D scanning technology, completion of detailed engineering and prefabrication of modules before the vessel arrives, so that the vessel’s time spent in the shipyard is minimised.

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