New shipowners’ group to promote scrubbers for 2020 compliance

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

02 October 2018


As reported sales of scrubbers surge, a group of leading companies from the commercial shipping and cruise industries have announced the creation of a new grouping with a mission to provide information and research data to better inform industry, national and international authorities, NGOs and the public on the environmental performance and benefits of open- and closed-loop Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) and associated air and water emissions.

In addition to serving as an advocate for companies working to reduce marine exhaust gas emissions, the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) will support the scheduled implementation and effective enforcement of the IMO requirement for a 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content from 1 Jan 2020.

Founding members of CSA 2020 include (in alphabetical order):

  • Blystad Group
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Carnival Corporation
  • DHT Holdings
  • Eagle Bulk Shipping
  • Eastern Pacific Shipping
  • Frontline Ltd.
  • Golden Ocean Group Limited
  • Grimaldi Group
  • Hunter Group ASA
  • Navig8 Group
  • Okeanis Eco Tankers
  • Oldendorff Carriers
  • Safe Bulkers, Inc.
  • Spliethoff
  • Star Bulk Carriers Corp.
  • Torm
  • Trafigura

The founding companies in CSA 2020 have all made significant investments in EGCS in preparing for the 2020 sulphur limits. Some have been long term supporters of the technology while others are newer converts. CSA 2020 believes that scrubbers will make a substantial difference to the ports and ocean environments in which their ships operate and will promote global environmental progress – especially the goal of reducing the health impact from airborne sources, which is at the heart of the 2020 IMO regulation.