The world’s top 12 carriers are adopting “very different” approaches to complying with the 2020 low sulphur cap, reports Alphaliner.
The analyst said that only four of the top 12 carriers have so far committed to installing scrubbers on a substantial part of their fleets. The remaining eight companies are either planning to conduct trials on only a small number of ships or to switch to low sulphur fuel exclusively.
Alphaliner said in its latest newsletter, “While carriers’ intentions are mostly kept confidential, Alphaliner has identified almost 300 container ships that have been or will be equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems or scrubbers. In this respect, MSC leads the way with over 120 owned or long-term chartered ships to be equipped, followed by Evergreen with some 70 units planned.”
HMM has already confirmed scrubbers for 27 ships, with more expected to be added.
CMA CGM will adopt a mixed approach, including installing scrubbers on some 20 ships, together with 15 LNG-powered vessels.
OOCL, Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk have announced they will be using low sulphur fuel, although Maersk will be using a limited number of scrubbers as well. Hapag-Lloyd plans to retrofit its LNG-ready ships it inherited from UASC, if the first conversion goes to plan.
The remaining carriers, including COSCO and ONE, have not committed to using scrubbers or LNG fuel.