Overall, TORM expects to install 44 scrubbers and has since the last quarter committed to a further ten scrubber installations. The new installations support the company's approach to the new sulphur regulation, according to which approximately half of TORM’s fleet will operate with scrubbers.
The recently decided additional scrubber installations will be carried out during the first and the second quarter of 2020. As of 12 November 2019, TORM has finalized 16 scrubber installations. Of the rest 28 installations, seven are expected to take place in 2019, 12 in the first quarter of 2020 and nine in the second quarter of 2020.
For the ships that will not use scrubbers, they will be using compliant fuels with 0.5% sulphur content from 1 January 2020. For these vessels, customized schedules have been developed, and the cleaning of the bunker tanks has started during the third quarter of 2019.
Finally, the first volumes of compliant fuels have been delivered and tested on board the vessels, and all non-scrubber vessels are in the process of being prepared for using the new compliant fuels during the fourth quarter of 2019.