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.