Specifically, Torm Laura takes up a lot of space at the Fayard yard on Funen, Denmark, because of its 183.2 meter-long hull. Although the vessel transports a variety of products, from oil to chemicals, the past two weeks it has been docked at a shipyard in Munkebo to have a scrubber installed to make the ship ready to be in line with the stricter Sulphur regulation that will be effective on 1 January 2020.
As Jesper S. Jensen, Head of Technical Division at Torm, commented
Scrubbers are an effective solution that we have chosen to invest in for approximately half of our ships.
He continued that they have been researching on how to comply with the approaching IMO 2020 regulation.
in our opinion, scrubbers are an advantageous and not least environmentally correct way of complying with the coming regulations
According to Danish Shipping, Torm Laura isn't the only vessel having scrubbers installed.
Specifically, according to the classification society DNV GL, by the end of 2019, 2,950 vessels are expected to have installed scrubbers or waiting to have them installed. By 2023, the number is expected to have risen to 3,500.
In light of the above, Danish Shipping applauds the transition, as it has been a priority focus area for the last three years.
Asbjørn Overgaard Christiansen, Acting Director at Danish Shipping concluded that
It is a major focus area for Danish Shipping to reduce air pollution from our vessels. Therefore, our members have for many years invested enormous resources in being ready to comply with the Sulphur limit, which comes into force in 2020.