Scrubber suppliers such as Pureteq og ME Production took a big hit from the drop in oil price and the global pandemic, which shut down key markets in Asia. A year later, the oil price stands as a beacon of hope for the suppliers.
A new Covid-19 mutation stemming from minks in Northern Jutland has now resulted in a lockdown of the Danish region. The lockdown will impact 10,000 in the maritime industry. Ferry operator Stena Line has paused operations in the region.
ME Production has laid off or sent more than half of its employees home after the market for exhaust gas cleaning systems came to a halt due to the coronavirus crisis and oil collapse. Competitor Pureteq has also acted on the situation.
De danske rederier og leverandører arbejder i disse timer på at finde deres ben i den nye virkelighed, efter at statsministeren onsdag aften gjorde flere tiltag for at inddæmme smitten. Ansatte skal arbejde hjemmefra, mens produktionen foregår i skiftehold.
It would have benefited everyone if shipowners had started installing scrubbers earlier, deem two Danish scrubber manufacturers ME Production and Pureteq after several shipping companies have pointed out problems associated with the technology.