“The idea that open loop scrubbers will be banned in ports is a fake issue,” claims COO of CR Ocean Engineering
The issue of banning open loop scrubbers is being propagated to scare people away from scrubbers, according to Nick Confuorto, president and chief operations officer for CR Ocean Engineering, who will address the issue as a keynote speaker at Maritime Week Americas next week.
“The number of ports likely to forbid open loop scrubbers is just a drop in the ocean but is being overplayed as if it were the majority of ports,” he said. “There are two key issues right now: the price of fuel, and whether or not open loop scrubbers are acceptable.
“The new 2020 regulation to reduce sulphur emissions from shipping represents a very positive environmental improvement for the maritime industry, however using lower sulphur fuels, or heavy fuels but with a scrubber in place, both represent a dramatic step change, and the question of what price ship owners will pay for this improvement if they chose not to deploy a scrubber solution won’t be known until January 2020.”
Confuorto, who is also chairman of the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGSA), explained that is already too late for ship owners to fit scrubbers in time for the January deadline:
“Large corporations have been putting scrubbers in place to be ahead of the legislation. All industrial sectors operate in a competitive environment so, like businesses the world over, many shipping companies are delaying making a decision for as long as possible, however the reality is that the decision has already been made for them. There isn’t now time to fit a scrubber for January, so about ninety per cent of all marine vessels, all those without a scrubber, will have to buy the new lower sulphur fuels at whatever price it is come January”.
Confuorto will present his views to the Maritime Week Americas conference audience on Wednesday 22nd May.