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Friday, December 27, 2019 

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) reports that it has clinched 104 scrubber and ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) retrofit orders worth a combined value of about S$160 million for the year to date.

This brings the company's total number of retrofit projects secured to 108 scrubber installations and 97 BWTS projects. With the IMO 2020 sulphur cap and the standards set out by the Ballast Water Management Convention, there has been an increase in demand from ship owners for both exhaust cleaning scrubber systems that allow continued use of heavy fuels and BWTS system solutions.

Chor How Jat, MD Conversions and Repairs of Keppel O&M said: “Installation of scrubbers and BWTS can be highly complex and there has been strong demand worldwide to meet regulatory deadlines. Backed by extensive experience in conversion and retrofitting work, Keppel’s ability to deliver quick, safe and reliable vessel turnarounds has made us an attractive choice for clients keen to meet their tight timelines. We completed Singapore’s first scrubber installation last year in under 30 days and we were also the first shipyard in Singapore to successfully undertake a BWTS retrofit project back in 2013.”

To expedite the retrofit process, Keppel conducts early customer engagement and preparation work, including the use of 3D scanning technology, completion of detailed engineering and prefabrication of modules before the vessel arrives, so that the vessel’s time spent in the shipyard is minimised.

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