A panel of experts at Riviera’s Maritime Air Pollution Conference, Americas in Miami addressed scrubber standardisation and whether such a measure would save time and money on design costs and fabrication
CR Ocean Engineering president and chief operating officer Nicholas Confuorto made the prediction that, while some design time might be saved at the outset, standardisation would not drastically impact construction time.
“You would probably save some drawing time, but the cost time of drawings are minimal. When you look at the scrubber system itself, engineering is actually one of the smallest components. One could save some time there because engineering takes a few weeks, but then you would still have to stand by and wait for the material delivery. So in the end, I do not think it would make that much of a difference.”
Fassmer Technical Projects general manager Craig Gundry agreed with Mr Confuorto, focusing on the logic behind production processes for scrubbers.
“The design of the tower and the fabrication itself is the least of your worries when it comes to timeline and costs,” he said.
TECO Solutions sales director Ole-Johan Øby Svendsen said that, although unlikely, savings were still possible based on current industry protocols.
“A lot of yards that are doing newbuilds already standardised certain vessel types to match up to certain scrubber sizes and makers. So, in that sense, yes, standardisation like that does economise fabrications and design costs for everyone involved.”