Frontline buys into scrubber manufacturer

John Fredriksen’s Frontline has agreed to acquire a 20% ownership interest in Indonesia-based scrubber manufacturer Feen Marine Scrubbers (FMSI).

In addition to taking the stake, Frontline and other Fredriksen-owned companies have agreed to order FMSI scrubbers for 14 vessels, and have options to order another 22 scrubber systems at a fixed price.

Robert Macleod, CEO of Frontline Management, commented: “The economic case to install scrubbers is very compelling, particularly for larger vessels. Scrubbers installed on existing vessels provide the same benefit as those delivered from the yard on newbuildings and our solution comes at a much cheaper cost. Additionally, this transaction allows Frontline to secure the capacity to source a large volume of scrubbers, which we believe will present a challenge to many owners as the deadline for sulphur emissions compliance approaches. Our relationship with Feen Marine has been structured in a manner that will be beneficial to both parties and would not have been possible absent our significant commercial scale and long-standing industry relationships.”

Feen Marine Scrubbers was founded by Bjørnar Feen and its customers include Navig8 and Trafigura.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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