US Based Shipping Company to Retrofit Marine Scrubbers in Over 35 Vessels


Date : Feb 25, 2019 Author : PMR Editorial Staff Category : Automation

Global Market Study on Marine Scrubber Systems

CR Ocean Engineering has received a contract by the major shipping company in the US for exhaust gas scrubbers. The company will provide its CROE scrubbers for over 35 ships. This new award follows a year of investigation and evaluation by the client who started with a smaller number of ships several months ago. All the scrubbing systems will enter commercial operations in 2019 and will be ready for operation as soon as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Global Sulfur Cap is effective globally on 1st January 2020.

The CROE Scrubbers were designed by the company to meet 0.1 sulfur equivalency requirement in North American and Europe Emission Control Areas (ECAs) that become effective in 2015. While the CROE Scrubbers will also meet, the 0.5% sulfur equivalency rules to be enforced globally on 1st January 2020. The new rule will present shipping companies with an option to either use expensive low sulfur fuel or to opt of alternate technologies including scrubbing systems. Currently, CROE Scrubbers are installed or are in the process of installation on more than 150 ships.

CR Ocean Engineering has received a contract by the major shipping company in the US for exhaust gas scrubbers. The company will provide its CROE scrubbers for over 35 ships. This new award follows a year of investigation and evaluation by the client who started with a smaller number of ships several months ago. All the scrubbing systems will enter commercial operations in 2019 and will be ready for operation as soon as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Global Sulfur Cap is effective globally on 1st January 2020.

The CROE Scrubbers were designed by the company to meet 0.1 sulfur equivalency requirement in North American and Europe Emission Control Areas (ECAs) that become effective in 2015. While the CROE Scrubbers will also meet, the 0.5% sulfur equivalency rules to be enforced globally on 1st January 2020. The new rule will present shipping companies with an option to either use expensive low sulfur fuel or to opt of alternate technologies including scrubbing systems. Currently, CROE Scrubbers are installed or are in the process of installation on more than 150 ships.

The ship exhaust gas cleaning technology by CR Ocean Engineering is being provided in three configurations and can be customized as per the ship’s requirements. Open-loop, closed-loop, and hybrid are the three standard configurations being provided by the company.

Owing to the compact configuration and small size, CROE Scrubbers are considered perfect for retrofits and new builds. These systems can be configured as a single stream, thereby, controlling emission from a single boiler or engine, or multi-stream that controls emission from multiple boilers or engines. Currently, CROE has manufacturing, sales, and service facilities across the globe.

New regulations capping sulfur content in the marine industry and long-term cost saving are the key factors driving the demand for marine scrubbers across various countries. Majority of the shipping companies are focusing on installing marine scrubbers in the vessels as compared to retrofitting marine scrubbers owing to the high cost of the retrofit. However, with new regulations to be imposed on sulfur emission in 2020 is driving the companies to go with retrofitting option.

Moreover, with new regulations to be imposed globally, shipping companies have two options including using low sulfur marine fuel or installing marine scrubbers. However, the high cost of low sulfur fuel is driving ship owners towards the installation of marine scrubbers. The marine scrubber systems market is expected to offer the incremental opportunity of US$ 11.1 billion during 2018-2028.

Western Europe is likely to offer better growth opportunities for marine scrubber system manufacturers owing to the presence of leading commercial shipping companies in the Nordic countries and Greece. However, the APEJ region will also emerge as the largest market due to the significant growth in the commercial shipping business in ASEAN countries, South Korea, and China. Moreover, the new sulfur cap set by IMO for global maritime transport is also likely to push the demand for marine scrubber systems in the APEJ region.


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