Three shipowners have added more details of firm scrubber orders after announcing initial plans earlier in the year.
In a letter to shareholders, DHT Holdings said that its retrofit programme now encompasses 16 ships built between 2004 and 2012, ‘representing the ships within our fleet that stand to gain the greatest economic benefits’. Additionally, the two newbuildings delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries this year had scrubbers installed, taking the total to 18 out of 27 ships with scrubbers.
The letter, which was signed by the two co-CEOs Trygve Munthe and Svein Moxnes Harfjeld, declared that DHT was neither for nor against scrubbers. The letter went on to say that 15 of the scrubber systems to be installed will be able to clean the sulphur content in the exhaust gas down to 0.1%, enabling these ships to operate with scrubbers within ECAs.
Presumably to allay shareholders fears following Singapore’s decision to ban open-loop scrubber use, it also said the fuel tanks of the ships had been configured so as to allow for sufficient quantities of 2020 0.5% compliant fuels to be carried for use in ports where scrubber operation was not permitted.
The other two owners adding details were Scorpio Tankers and Scorpio Bulkers. The former said it would be installing 52 hybrid-ready systems for $79.6M. It has the option to purchase an additional 28 scrubbers in 2020, which would bring the total to 80. Scorpio Bulkers will be buying systems for 28 of its vessels over the next two years totalling $42.4M and has an option for up to 18 additional vessels in 2020.