Shipowners at the Marine Money Hong Kong Ship Finance Forum discussed the future of scrubbers in order to meet the new sulphur cap in 2020. The majority of the shipowners said the use of low sulphur fuels was their favourite option to meet the new 0.5% S requirement.

Investing in scrubbers is gambling on the difference between the price of low sulphur fuels on the one hand and the price of high sulphur fuels in combination with the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems on the other. As a recent study revealed that there is no risk of low sulphur fuels shortage in the future, Asian shipowners postpone their decision to refit existing ships with scrubbers.

Euroshore will cooperate with Cleantech agencies in a EU project

Euroshore will participate in a NORTH SEA INTERREG project “Scale Up”. Beneficiaries are the Cleantech agencies in Flanders, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and the UK. Purpose of the project is to help industries that face technical challenges dealing with innovative technologies.

Euroshore, the leading association for ship generated waste and cargo residues, will anticipate technical solutions in the field of scrubber sludge. As scrubber sludge from hybrid systems contains huge amounts of sulphur and heavy metals, solutions for beneficial use of the sludge or parts of it, will be embraced.

Euroshore will also look into the future reception facilities for ballast water. The ballast water convention, effective since September 2017, imposes ships to be equipped with IMO-approved ballast water treatment systems. However, in case ballast water systems are failing, or the ballast water exchange has not been carried out according to port state control instructions, delivery to a (mobile/fix) reception facility can be required. As ships can carry ballast water up to up to 25% of a ship’s gross tonnage, these potential volumes can pose several technical challenges.

An event dealing with both issues will be organized in June 2018. We keep you posted.

The following illustration shows that there is still a lot to be done before all vessels will comply with the Ballast Water Management Convention.

Source: Clarksons Research, March 2018.