The IMO 2020 compliance deadline is coming fast, but the industry is still quite indecisive on which measures to take,” says OSM’s Project Engineer Ilias Soultanias. “As more owners and operators opt for scrubbers, it becomes more challenging to investigate options and secure equipment, book dry-docking slots and plan for the overall project. OSM’s wide cooperation network gives us access to system manufacturers and engineering resources, ensuring timely and high-quality delivery of projects.”
The IMO sulphur requirement targets fuel composition, but compliant fuels are either not widely available yet or quite costly. Scrubbing technology offers an option to comply by post-processing exhaust emissions using seawater to neutralize the emissions and clean them of sulphur oxides. OSM’s perspective is that the main advantage of using scrubbers as a compliance method is the continuous use of widely available and economical fuels instead of the compliant ones.
All vessels are targeted in the new requirement, so means of compliance is a major decision that all owners have to make. Since fuel is often the responsibility of the charterer, it may also be in a charterer’s interest to support an investment in scrubbers, especially for time charters. In any case, says Soultanias, OMS’s team is ready to support any stakeholder requiring assistance and guidance through the solution selection and implementation:
“There are several stages in this complex process, from choosing the compliance method to verifying the installation with class. Since there are many stakeholders involved and there is a time constraint, an owner may have already taken some decisions and require assistance only in certain parts of the process, and OSM can support them in any step as required.”
To learn more about OSM’s approach for lowering emissions safely and sustainably, visit www.osm.no or contact Ilias Soultanias at Ilias.Soultanias@osm.no