Vessels with scrubbers look like the biggest sulfur cap losers

Alphatanker says that tankers with a scrubber on board are the biggest losers in the wake of the new sulfur regulations. The analyst firm assesses that the payback period for a scrubber is now up to five years for a supertanker.

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Tankers equipped with a scrubber are the big losers in the aftermath of the new sulfur regulations introduced at the turn of the year, concludes Alphatanker.

From Jan. 1 2020, the new regulations capping the sulfur content of marine fuel entered force. Shipping companies have two options when choosing how to comply with the new regulations, either by installing scrubber systems that allow the ships to continue to sail on old heavy fuels, or by switching to the new fuels with a sulfur content of less than 0.5 percent sulfur.

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