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. Yang Ming is now examining this option, while the final decision is expected in the near future.

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The company is trying to limit its operating costs, while also looking out for the environmental impact of its older ships, as it plans a renewal program.

Reportedly, Yang Ming aims to replace old ships with new ones, while it will also review ships that consume too much fuel and are not environmentally friendly.

Many companies are now announcing their plans of compliance with the upcoming 2020 regulation. One of them, Dutch-based shipping company Spliethoff Group reiterated its commitment to cleaner shipping by investing in scrubbers for another vessel of its fleet.

Gearing up for the global sulphur cap that comes into effect from January 2020, Singapore-based APL said it will be using low-sulphur fuel oil across its vessel fleet, employ scrubbers on some of its ships, while it will also deploy LNG-fueled vessels, under its parent group CMA CGM's earlier announced plans to take delivery of nine new 22,000 TEU LNG-powered ships from 2020 onwards.

In addition, Hyundai Merchant Marine signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Global Services to install scrubbers on an undisclosed number of vessels. Hyundai Merchant Marine recently ordered twelve 23,000 TEU container ships from Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, which will have scrubbers as well.