Shiprepair & Maintenance: June 2019
The deal, signed in June at Nor-Shipping in Oslo, will see Intermarine offer to install Shandong Pure Ocean Technology’s scrubber system to vessels seeking to keep up with environmental regulations.
With the IMO’s 202 sulphur cap fast approaching, there has been a steep uptake in scrubber orders and installations over the past year. In 2018, 765 ships with scrubbers were in operation or on order, according to DNV GL. This year, that number jumped to 2,947, an increase of 2,182 vessels with confirmed scrubber projects. Currently, bulk carriers and oil vessels make up the majority of vessels fitted with scrubbers.
“Shandong’s scrubbers are state of art products and critically they have a very fast installation time saving up to 25 days on the average scrubber installation,” said Slawomir Kalicki, president of Intermarine. “Another big advantage is Portland Port’s ability to offer sheltered harbour for a wide variety of large ships, with multiple deep-water berths and low tidal ranges.”
Intermarine hopes the port’s location on the busy English Channel and Trans-Atlantic shipping routes will be an advantage for attract customers requiring scrubber services.
Despite restrictions at some major ports, open loop scrubbers remain the most popular option among shipowners.
Last year, Intermarine opened a new 2,400m2 fabrication and welding facility in Portland and received a £450,000 delivery of new machinery.