Maritime Compliance Guide 2020 shines light on materials issues in scrubbers

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Fewer scrubbers and ballast water management systems (BWMS) will be installed in 2020 due to COVID-19, according to this year’s Maritime Compliance Guide, a supplement produced by the IHS Markit Maritime and Trade team.

The guide is looking at how COVID-19 has impacted the way maritime regulations are being enforced and new ones are implemented by analysing IHS Markit data.

The installations of scrubbers and ballast water management systems, for example, have been delayed because shipyards contracted to make these installations were closed earlier in the year.

This reshuffled the planned schedule, potentially delaying the quest to reduce emissions. IHS Markit has adjusted its annual scrubber installation forecast from 3,900 to about 3,400 as a result of COVID-19 delays, such as the drop in oil price and rising freight rates in the tanker sector, which result in owners reviewing installations.

Additionally, doubts on the functionality of materials used to build scrubbers are casting a shadow on the process, it is stated in the guide.

There have been various instances of scrubber failure related either to control systems failure or mechanical issues. In the case of the latter, the most common problem is pipe corrosion, thanks to the highly acidic wash water. In fact, it transpires that if the proper materials and coatings are not used, pipes can go through in a matter of months.

Download the guide to learn more about this and for more insights into these major maritime regulations as well as regarding biofouling, data collection on fuel consumption, and the digital transmission of cargo data.