Scrubber company stops hiring because of coronavirus

A few months ago, scrubber manufacturer Pureteq expected to triple its staff. But the virus outbreak and oil price collapse now prompt the company to cease hiring. "It's not the image we were looking at half a year or a year ago," CEO tells ShippingWatch.

Pureteq CEO Anders Skibdal (right) at Singapore yard Sembcorp, where the company is currently installing scrubbers on a cruise ship. | Photo: Pureteq

Scrubber manufacturer Pureteq institutes a hiring freeze as a direct consequence of the coronavirus and the oil price drop.

The company has otherwise been growing rapidly in recent years, especially driven by the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) new sulfur regulations.

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