7th August 2019
As the IMO 2020 deadline draws nearer - the new emission control regulations will be implemented on 1 January - the number of containerships withdrawn from service for the retrofitting of SOx scrubbers has surged.
Based on Alphaliner’s fleet survey as per 30 July 2019, at least 31 vessels are currently undergoing scrubber retrofits, with a total capacity of 350,000 teu out of service as a result. Since June 2018 a total of 39 containerships have completed retrofits, adding to ten ships that were already retro-fitted in the period from 2011 to 2016. According to data collected by Alphaliner for retro-fits completed since 2018, the average time that each vessel spent at the yard was 52 days. This average however also includes extended yard stays of over 60 days for ships that underwent other repairs as well as capacity enhancement works. ( Alphaliner )