The popularity of scrubbers as a way to comply with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap has grown rapidly over the last six months with over 1,000 systems ordered in that period, according to classification society DNV GL.
Hapag-Lloyd is the latest major container line to announce a fuel charge to cover the costs of using compliant low sulphur fuel for the 2020 sulphur cap.
Hapag-Lloyd is to convert one of the LNG-ready containerships it acquired in the UASC merger, and fit scrubbers on two vessels as it analyses options apart from low sulphur fuel for complying with the IMO's 2020 sulphur cap.
Seanergy Maritime has urged shipowners to not tacitly accept the cost of scrubbers as it closing on a deal for charterers to pick the bill for installing exhaust gas cleaning systems to its vessels.
Singapore, the world's largest bunkering port, is gearing up for the start of the 0.5% sulphur cap in 2020.