Ciner Ship Management will retrofit 19 of its managed ships with scrubbers developed by Hyundai Materials Corporation (HMC), a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group.
Scrubbers, or exhaust gas cleaning devices, are among solutions available to shipowners that will comply with the International Maritime Organization’s global sulphur cap of 0.5% on marine fuels from 2020.
In its announcement, HMC said its scrubbers have a compact design.
“Shipowners’ biggest concern is the lack of space on existing vessels to fit scrubbers,” HMC said.
Ciner Ship Management is part of a group founded by Turkish industrialist Turgay Ciner. The company owns 26 ships, comprising 20 bulk carriers ranging from Handysize to Capesize, as well as 2 Suezmax oil tankers and 4 container ships at 9,040 teu. The fleet is fixed out for long periods chiefly to major ship operators such as SwissMarine and RWE Supply & Trading.
Scrubbers remove sulphur from marine fuels as the bunkers are burned, but debate has surrounded its cost effectiveness.
In a recent interview with IHS Markit, chief executive of the Anglo-Eastern Group Bjørn Højgaard cited weight and stability issues with scrubbers.
However, other shipowners are going ahead with scrubbers.
Brazilian miner Vale SA will install scrubbers on 48 very large ore carriers that are being built to transport iron ore to its clients.
The Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association, which is promoting the uptake of scrubbers, has said that a recent survey of its members showed that scrubber uptake is gaining traction, with the number of ships fitted with scrubbers, both in-service units and newbuildings, standing at 983 as of 31 May.