More than 25% of global orderbook fitted with scrubbers

More than 25% of global orderbook fitted with scrubbers

The astonishing pick up in scrubber sales has been tallied by Clarkson Research who are reporting one in four ships on order have been contracted with scrubbers.

In its latest weekly report Clarkson Research states that more than 25% of the global orderbook is confirmed with a scrubber. However, this only translates to 3% of the entire fleet. There are now just 16 months to go until the implementation of the global sulphur cap.

“Our current scrubber list is north of 1,000 vessels but this probably underplays the latest position,” Clarkson Research stated.

Adoption of LNG as a fuel has been “more cautious” so far, Clarkson Research stated, with 11% of the orderbook by capacity, working out to less than 3% of the fleet excluding LNG-ready.

Clarkson data suggests that come January 1, 2020 when the sulphur cap kicks in, up to 90% of the global merchant fleet will be relying on more expensive compliant fuel to power their ships.

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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