Maersk Tankers is to install scrubbers on four LR2 vessels before the global 0.5% sulphur cap comes into force
Maersk Tankers is to install scrubbers on four LR2 vessels before the global 0.5% sulphur cap comes into force.
The company will retrofit a system on one of its existing tankers and three newbuild vessels will be delivered scrubbers. Maersk Tankers owns a fleet of 11 LR2 tankers built between 2006 and 2008. A further six are on order from Dalian Shipbuilding.
Maersk Tankers chief technical officer Tommy Thomassen said: “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 company reported that it had based its decision on extensive analyses and consultations with experts and regulatory bodies. Installing scrubbers on smaller vessels was decided not to be financially viable.
The tanker owner is the second AP Möller-Maersk subsidiary to re-evaluate the use of scrubbers after Maersk Line reported that it would install the systems on some of its ships. The parent group has arrangements in place for low-sulphur fuel supply both on the US east coast and in Rotterdam, representing the equivalent of around 30% of its global compliant fuel demand.
Maersk Tankers reported that it is also ready to handle scrubbers for vessels operated in its commercial pools.