The economic crisis triggered by the spread of the pandemic has not slowed down activities at the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding yards. Over the past eight months they have continued to work thanks to the retrofitting scheduled for 22 containerships, five of which with a 20,000 TEU capacity.
The introduction, in January 2020, of IMO restrictions on the utilization of fuel at 0.5% sulphur content has in fact forced many shipowners to use scrubbers, a valid alternative to Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) for those who want to continue to use traditional fuel without violating the new rules.
DNV GL estimates that in 2019 the fleet of ships equipped with scrubbers, or for which retrofitting was scheduled, totaled 4,341 units, 732 more than in 2018. For the next three years, however, an equally significant increase in scrubber fitted ships is not expected: the fleet should not exceed 4,500 units.
Japanese yards have also completed retrofits on two 300,000-ton DWT VLCCs and two LPG carriers.
Translation by Giles Foster