Maersk Tankers has reversed its long-held policy of meeting the 2020 regulations by using only compliant fuel and joined other sections of the Maersk empire in committing in part to installing scrubbers. In an announcement made on 1 march, the company said it had 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.
In the announcement Maersk Tankers said it has analysed and evaluated various options, taking into account the long-term financial viability of available options and potential environmental impact. Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer of Maersk tankers said, “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”.
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 said. Maersk Tankers stated that the company is also ready to handle scrubbers for the vessels that are operated in its commercial pools.