The number of scrubber-fitted containerships joining the world fleet has slowed sharply, with just 85 vessels of 760,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (teu) added in the first half of 2021, according to shipping database Alphaliner.
The figure compares to 250 ships of 2.3 Mteu added in the same period in 2020. The total number of scrubber-fitted ships reached 785 units of 6.95 million teu at end June and it since increased to 816 ships and 7.10 Mteu.
“Optimism over the economic viability of scrubbers has diminished somewhat since the early days of the sulphur regulations, although ultimately predictions of a total 1,000 ships by the end of 2022 may not be far off the mark,” it stated in a social media post.
“While a scrubber equipped vessel was added to the fleet at a rate of one every ten hours in December 2019 just prior to the introduction of the regulations, that ratio fell to one every two days in the first half of 2021.”
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Published: 12 August, 2021
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