Maersk changes course on scrubbers

Denmark's AP Moller-Maersk has changed tack on scrubbers, saying it will fit exhaust cleaning devices to some of its ships.

"As part of the preparations we have decided to invest in new scrubber technology on a limited number of vessels in our fleet of around 750 container vessels," Niels-Henrik Lindegaard, head of Maersk Oil Trading, told Reuters.

"Using scrubber technology is a small part of and just one of several elements in our overall 2020 fuel sourcing strategy to ensure compliance in time," he said.

The boxship giant has previously said it plans on using low-sulphur bunker fuel instead of scrubbers to meet IMO 2020 compliance.

The company also said using multi-phase, superfine, atomised residue (MSAR) alongside exhaust gas scrubbers will not be considered as an option," according to MSAR fuel maker Quadrise Fuels International. It had intended instead to burn compliant fuel with less than 0.5% sulphur.

Maersk Line told TradeWinds it could not reveal the exact number of ships involved.

In a statement, Lindegaard added: Maersk is looking into all possible and available opportunities to ensure we are ready to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, that is compliant fuels, LNG and scrubbers.

"It is important to underline that the vast majority of ships in the global fleet, as well as the Maersk Line fleet, will have to comply with the global sulphur cap through the use of compliant low-sulphur fuels in 2020 given the short time frame."

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