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|Demand for scrubbers systems -- designed to clean the exhaust gases from a vessel’s main and auxiliary engines and boilers to remove sulfur dioxide gas -- has fallen, according to ship-owners and scrubber manufacturing companies.
Back in 2019, when the shipping industry was facing the imminent application of the so-called IMO 2020 sulfur regulations in bunker fuel, many shipowners opted to install scrubbers, seen at the time as among the most cost-saving solutions.
However, the global pandemic and a subsequent narrowing of the spread between high sulfur and low sulfur fuel oils has prompted a rethink, with shipowners now delaying the installation of scrubbers to minimize the financial impact.
Rotterdam port VLSFO-HSFO monthly spread
Source: S&P Global Platts Bunkerworld
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