When marketed in the run-up to the global sulphur cap, scrubber retrofits were meant to take as little as a fortnight in a yard to complete. This has proven to be very wide of the mark, and, for once, the coronavirus cannot be cited as the sole reason for this additional supply chain kink for shipping to absorb with the worst offender among yards examined by Alphaliner hailing from Turkey where one ship was in dock for nearly five months.
Alphaliner analysis shows the number of containerships that are currently out of action due to scrubber retrofits has increased in the last three weeks to reach a new high of 111 units for 1.02m teu as of February 21.
MSC is the liner with most ships in dock at the moment with 33 ships undergoing scrubber retrofits.
“Retrofits on MSC ships have been severely delayed and seven of the carrier’s vessels have clocked over a hundred days at various Chinese yards. The longest stay thereof is for the 19,437 teu MSC Erica at 175 days idle, including over 130 days docked at CSIC Tianjin,” Alphaliner stated in its most recent weekly report. Splash understands, however, that MSC is using the time in dock to carry out other modifications on its fleet beyond simply installing exhaust gas cleaning kits.
While 130 days docked is a long time, it is not the lengthiest time-out because of a scrubber retrofit. The record holder for a scrubber-related yard stay, according to Alphaliner, is a 2,566 teu charter market ship, which spent 149 days at a Turkish yard and clocked a total of 192 days off hire when positioning and waiting time is included.