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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 

Danish tanker company Torm says that it expects to install a total of 44 scrubbers in total, with an additional ten scrubber installations committed during the last quarter.

The company is planning a "balanced approach" to the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation, with about half of the fleet operating with scrubbers. The recently decided additional scrubber installations will be conducted during the first and the second quarter of 2020.

The company's latest report says that as of 12 November 2019, Torm had conducted 16 scrubber installations. Of the remaining 28 installations, seven are expected to be carried out in 2019, 12 in the first quarter of 2020 and nine in the second quarter of 2020.

The company says that the entire industry has experienced some delays in recent scrubber installations, and Torm is no exception. As a result, it has decided to postpone some installations to the first and the second quarter of 2020 to reduce the risk of further delays, and also to utilise the current strong market.

The non-scrubber vessels in the Torm fleet will be using compliant fuels with 0.5% sulphur content from 1 January 2020. For these ships, customised schedules have been developed, and the cleaning of the bunker tanks have been initiated during the third quarter of 2019. The first volumes of compliant fuels have been delivered and tested onboard the vessels, and all non-scrubber vessels are in the process of being prepared for using the new compliant fuels during the fourth quarter of 2019.

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