BIMCO reports that by the start of July, the share of the containership fleet with scrubbers installed exceeded that of the crude oil tanker fleet. At that time, the container shipping sector became the most scrubber-fitted amongst the main cargo carrying ship types.
2020 sulphur cap
Standard Club’s Peter Smith provides his perspectives on the use of scrubbers in the long term, noting that issues with scrubber installation, operation and maintenance could create expensive disputes for shipowners.
What was on the minds of all shipowners coming into 2020 has now been clearly over shadowed by COVID-19 and its impact. However, as IUMI says, challenges remain on the full implementations of IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.
In efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on supply chains, the UK Maritime Coast Guard Agency has already suspended all checks on vessels for compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap regulations.
Scrubbers have been operating in marine environment for almost 30 years, but the implementation of the IMO 2020 brought a modern era of emissions reduction. Supporting scrubber integration into the marine environment since their first application, ABS has gathered several lessons learned associated with the installation and operation of scrubbers.
The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) gathered in Rome in February, aiming to discuss current issues the industry is facing, and coordinate efforts going into the new decade, which is considered to be one of the most important in shipping’s history.
The Chairpersons of the Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) met in Rome in February to exchange their members’ experiences with the implementation of IMO’s 2020 global sulphur regulations.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) issued a Marine Notice concerning the ships’ compliance with IMO Sulphur Cap 2020. SAMSA requires that all ships must provide information over their compliance with the environmental regulations through a revised MRCC Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) report.
Naval architect and marine engineering company, Foreship reports an increasing number of enquiries on how scrubbers can be equipped at short notice, after emerging market misgivings regarding the quality and availability of 0.5% sulphur content fuel oils.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has spoken of the “urgent need” to develop concrete measures to support IMO’s initial strategy to reduce GHG emissions from shipping. Speaking during the European Shipping Week in Brussels, of 20 February, Mr. Lim supported that ambitious regulatory targets will act as catalysts for technology, triggering research, development and innovation.
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