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Researcher forecasts 30% non-compliance for 2020 sulphur cap

14 Mar 2018

The Vice President of refining, chemicals and oil markets at research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie forecasts 30% of the shipping industry will not comply with the upcoming sulphur cap of 0.5% effective 2020.

“At the moment nobody is really doing anything […] with a number of the shippers playing chicken with the regulator, does the regulator blink? We don’t know,” Alan Gelder told Reuters.

Vessels have the option of retrofitting scrubbers while allow them to continue burning cheaper high sulphur fuel oil during operations.

However, the scrubber units can cost between $3 million to $10 million, says Anil Rajguru, Vice President of process safety at engineering firm Fluor Corp.

“Right now less than 500 ships have scrubbers. We’re talking more like 50,000 and it could take more than a decade before scrubbers are fitted on [all] the vessels,” Rajguru said.

Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 14 March, 2018

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