Sulfur rules generate differing ship speeds

The new sulfur regulations have not only manifested themselves in a price spread between high- and low-sulfur fuels. There is also a difference between vessels' speeds, depending on whether or not a ship is equipped with a scrubber, according to shipbroker.

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It is not only in fuel expenses that the new sulfur regulations have created a gap from the start of this year between ships sailing on low-sulfur fuels and those that have been equipped with scrubbers so they can continue burning oil with higher sulfur content.

Comparing the sailing speeds of larger vessels with and without scrubbers, there is a visible difference, assesses Arrow Shipbroking Group.

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