Maersk Tankers to install scrubbers on selected vessels

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Maersk Tankers has decided to invest in four scrubber systems to be installed on selected LR2 vessels in the Maersk Product Tanker fleet before January 2020 to comply with the IMO’s sulphur regulation.

The new IMO regulation states that the current global limit for sulphur content in fuel oil used on board vessels will change from 3.50% to a maximum of 0.50% from January 2020. As a result, from January 1, 2020, the world’s shipping fleet will be required either to have scrubbers installed on board or to use compliant fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% (outside Emission Control Areas (ECAs)). To comply with the regulation, Maersk Tankers has analysed and evaluated various options, taking into account the long-term financial viability of available options and potential environmental impact.

"We have carried out extensive analyses while also consulting with industry specialists and relevant regulatory bodies. Based on that, installing scrubbers on selected larger-sized product tanker vessels is assessed to be a financially viable solution while combining it with the use of compliant low-sulphur fuel on the majority of the fleet," says Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk Tankers. 
The scrubber systems will be installed on one existing LR2 vessel, as well as three LR2 newbuildings within the Maersk Product Tanker fleet. Installing scrubbers on smaller-sized tanker vessel is not currently deemed financially viable.

“Maersk Tankers supports the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation and will implement it as required. However, we also recognise a need for gaining a deeper understanding of the regulation’s overall implication on the global product tanker industry,” Thomassen says.

Maersk Tankers states that the company is also ready to handle scrubbers for the vessels that are operated in its commercial pools. 

About Maersk Tankers

Maersk Tankers is a service company that provides commercial management solutions for shipowners in the tanker industry, operating one of the largest tanker fleets in the world. Our purpose is to pioneer shipping solutions for our partners and the planet. Founded in 1928, we have a century of expertise in management of tankers, which we use to develop and deploy solutions that help shipowners boost the economic and environmental performance of their vessels. Maersk Tankers employs approximately 300 employees in Denmark, Singapore, India and the U.S. and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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