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ASRY completes VLCC scrubber retrofit in 33 days

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Despite numerous tales of scrubber installation delays shipyard ASRY in Bahrain says it has retrofitted an exhaust gas cleaning system to a VLCC in 33 days.

ASRY said the retrofit of the scrubber system to comply with IMO 2020 was completed in 33 days of the VLCC arriving in the yard and was concurrent with a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) retrofit as well for the Greek-owned Springfield tanker company.

It was the final in a series of installations undertaken for Springfield between May to December last year.

“Being able to provide customers with these region-leading project delivery times is exactly the kind of performance indicator we are committed to achieving,” said ASRY managing director, Mazen Matar.

 “We were able to reduce the duration of the project due to a combination of committing to a ‘lessons learned’ process from similar projects, multi-departmental collaboration, and full open communication lines with customers, makers and all other stakeholders before, during and after the project, ensuring correct preparation.”

ASRY completed eight scrubber retrofit projects in 2019 and says has “many more” on its orderbooks for 2020.