350,000 teu of world boxship fleet in drydock for scrubber installations

The number of boxships withdrawing from service for scrubber installations has surged in recent weeks and is set to climb further in the coming couple of months, according to research carried out by Alphaliner.

Based on Alphaliner’s fleet survey as per 30 July 2019, at least 31 vessels are currently undergoing scrubber retrofits, with a total capacity of 350,000 teu out of service as a result.

“The number of ships withdrawn for scrubber retrofits is expected to increase further in the coming months, with more than 550 additional ships expected to be retrofitted,” Alphaliner noted in its most recent weekly report.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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