Shipowners’ investments are driven by their intent to respond in a cost-efficient way to the 2020 sulphur cap, argues Jeremy J Lowe, Global Program Manager – Marine at Hach UK Limited. Scrubbers represent a key solution, he notes, but a greater momentum is required if the full benefit is to be realised by the industry.
Guido Van Meel, Secretary General of Euroshore International (a non-profit association of waste contractors specialised in ships’ waste) discusses the key challenges with respect to scrubbers taking into consideration a combination of factors that cannot be disregarded amid the legal background.
Stephanie Lavelle, Maritime Manager, Chelsea Technologies Group, shares her thoughts on the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap. Ms. Lavelle says that despite the fact the shipping industry players appear to have agreed to invest in new technologies and fuels to meet this regulation, the market still seems uncertain regarding the effectiveness of the sulphur cap.
Taiwan based Yang Ming will probably choose to use low sulphur fuel oil in order to achieve compliance. The company does not exclude the possibility of using scrubbers or even LNG ultimately, however low sulphur fuel oil is currently the preferred way to go. The final decision is expected in the near future.
As the shipping industry seeks to adopt cleaner practices in line with global environmental regulations, Dutch-based shipping company Spliethoff Group reiterated its commitment to cleaner shipping by investing in scrubbers for the 24th vessel of its fleet. 30 more vessels will follow, the company said.
Hyundai Merchant Marine signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Global Services to install scrubbers on an undisclosed number of vessels. According to the MoU, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group will supply ‘Ship Desulfurization Facility’ to Hyundai Merchant Marine, while Hyundai Global Service will design work the desulphurization systems.
Eco ships will be able to bargain a considerable premium over older vessel ahead of high bunker prices, creating a two-tier market. After 2020, Drewry expects increased LSFO/ MGO prices, along with cheaper HFO prices. This will lead to a three-tier structure. Drewry also expects a $76 per barrel price in the third and fourth quarters of 2018.
Cargill plans to reduce shipping emissions 15% by 2020, in an attempt to comply with new regulations which mandate the reduction of pollution. For this reason, the company demanded from some of its food manufacturer customers to conduct more environmentally-friendly operations.
France based LAB called the shipping industry to take into consideration lifecycle costs, such as cost of repairs, maintenance, and shipyard time, when choosing what exhaust gas cleaning technology (scrubbers) to implement. Understanding of design and installation is crucial when considering scrubbers.
The Costa Group and the Marseille Fos Port Authority announced a collaboration between the two, to make Marseille a port technology hub. The agreement includes a joint commitment to protect the environment, create a dedicated warehouse and a training project for naval officers and engineers in Marseille.
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