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Top 14 yards retrofitting scrubbers are all Chinese

Latest data from Clarkson Research Services shows that the top 14 yards handling the most amount of scrubber retrofits are all Chinese, and reports of growing delays in getting the exhaust gas cleaning systems installed in funnels are correct.

Since the start of 2018, Clarkson’s count of scrubber installations (fitted, newbuilding and retrofit pending) has increased from around 400 to approximately 4,000 vessels, with 15% of global fleet capacity expected to be scrubber-fitted by end 2020

On an annual ised basis, approximately 1% of capacity in the major fleets would be off hire across 2019 (crude tankers 1.2%, containerships 1.1%, bulkers 1%). However, as expected, activity has ramped up in recent weeks, with Clarkson noting off-hire time is largest in the crude tanker fleet: 10m dwt and approaching 2.5% of the fleet.

Chinese yards dominate the retrofitting activity. The most active non-Chinese yards are Sefine in Turkey and Sembcorp in Singapore, ranking 15 and 16.

The average time of retrofitting is taking longer and longer as the queue of ships lengthens.

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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