Maran opts for scrubbers on 13 tankers

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Maran Tankers has decided to have exhaust gas cleaning systems fitted on 13 of its vessels in preparation for the forthcoming marine fuels sulphur cap. Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) will install both these systems and ballast-water management systems (BWMSs) on selected vessels.

Four of Maran’s Suezmax tankers will be fitted with scrubbers and BWMSs between the third quarter of this year and the fourth quarter of 2019, while nine very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will receive their scrubbers between May 2019 and February 2020.

According to the fleet list of Maran Tankers, which is owned by John Angelicoussis, the company has 12 Suezmax tankers, half of which were built in 2017, with the rest having been constructed between 1998 and 2010. Maran also has 41 VLCCs, including 7 newbuildings due for delivery between 2018 and 2019 and 19 VLCCs built in 2008 or later.

The original launch date for the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention was 8 September 2017, but it has since been postponed until at least 2019. The IMO’s global 0.5% cap on sulphur emissions in marine fuels will become effective on 1 January 2020.

While some shipowners remain unconvinced that scrubber technology is the way forward, it has been the preferred solution for New York-listed DHT Holdings and John Fredriksen’s Frontline.

DHT Holdings signed an agreement with Swedish firm Alfa Laval to fit scrubbers on 12 of its VLCCs through 2019, while Frontline bought a 20% stake in Indonesian scrubber manufacturer Feen Marine Scrubbers so that it can purchase a large number of the devices for itself.

Commenting on the contract with Sembmarine, Maran Tankers said, “We are confident that this partnership will be the blueprint for a successful fleet-retrofitting programme, and we thank them for their enthusiastic and spirited efforts thus far.”

This is Sembmarine’s largest retrofit contract to date and the work will be carried out at Tuas Boulevard Yard and Admiralty Yard, both in Singapore.

Including the contract with Maran Tankers, Sembmarine has 4 marine scrubber and 23 BWMS installations under its belt.

Its other clients are ASP Ship Management, ASEAN Cableship, Carnival Corporation, Chevron Shipping, KLC Shipping, MOL Shipping, Naftomar Shipping, Petroleum Geo-Services, Solvang Skibs, and Wilhelmsen Ship Management.

The Singapore rig builder has been actively marketing its turnkey green technology retrofit solutions amid a prolonged downturn in the offshore sector. These solutions include project management, vessel survey, integration design engineering, green technology equipment supply, and retrofitting services conducted within scheduled vessel drydockings.