Top carriers have polarised view on scrubbers

Just four of the world’s top 12 container carriers have committed to install scrubbers on a significant part of their fleets, according to research carried out by Alphaliner.

With less than 14 months to go until the global sulphur cap kicks in Alphaliner described liners’ “polarised view” of scrubber use in its lead story from its most recent weekly report.

Alphaliner has identified almost 300 boxships that will have scrubbers with MSC leading the way followed by Evergreen.

Of note among the very biggest names in the sector is Cosco and ONE’s decision to date to avoid scrubbers and LNG, leaving them to rely on low sulphur fuel options come the January 1, 2020 launch of the sulphur cap.


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.


  1. Liu Gang, executive director of Cosco Shipping International, expects a large part of the parent’s fleet to be fitted with scrubbers.

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