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Scrubber payback time is now between three and four years

The spread between bunker fuel with 3.5-percent and 0.5-percent sulfur is now down to USD 75. This increases the payback time on a scrubber to three to four years, writes Clarksons.

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It now takes approximately three to four years to earn back a scrubber investment, assesses analyst firm Clarksons Research after the spread between high- and low-sulfur fuel has dwindled.

Scrubbers clean ships' exhaust gas, making it possible to continue sailing on bunker oil with 3.5-percent sulfur, although new environmental regulations for marine fuel came into effect from the turn of the year.

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