Recent adverse comment over open-loop scrubbers such as the ban by Singapore and a potential ban by China does not seem to have affected Finnish manufacturer Langh Tech.
According to a statement Langh Tech and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding (STX O&S) have signed a deal concerning scrubber retrofits on seven vessels operated by South Korean owner Polaris Shipping. The four 180,000dwt bulkers and the three 300,000dwt VLOCs in the fleet will be equipped with Langh Tech’s open loop scrubbers.
The scrubber installations will be done as turn key deliveries by STX O&S. On each of the vessels the main engine and the three auxiliaries are connected to the scrubber. The scrubbers are multi-inlet type and Langh Tech will delivers the equipment necessary for a fully working open loop system. The component deliveries will start in summer 2019 and the installations will follow soon after component delivery.
Langh Tech is well established in Korea and locally represented by Regional Manager Simon Kim. “I believe that this scrubber retrofit contract with Polaris Shipping will be a great milestone for Langh Tech to cooperate with many other esteemed Korean shipping companies in the future”, says Mr Kim.
Langh Tech is starting training of local service and commissioning engineers for the Korean market. This will in the future safeguard short reaction time for service visits in Korean and other near-by ports. Langh Tech scrubber manufacturing has been done in Europe, but now Langh Tech will start scrubber tower production also in Korea. “We look forward to further strengthen our position in the Korean market, both as component sales to new building yards and to retrofit installations”, said Langh Tech’s Commercial Director Laura Langh-Lagerlöf.
Last November Langh Tech won an order for the delivery of 10 shipset scrubber systems for a Greek operator of bulkers and product tankers and earlier in the year had secured a contract for 12 systems for Danish operator Norden.