Wallenius Wilhelmsen supports scrubbers and joins CSA 2020

Wallenius Wilhelmsen supports scrubbers and joins CSA 2020
The WW Ocean neo-panamax vessel,Titus. Image courtesy of Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wallenius Wilhelmsen is the latest shipowner to join the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020), an organisation that provides education and support on the use of scrubbers for cleaner and compliant shipping operations.

To comply with the IMO’s 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap, the Norwegian/Swedish shipping company plans to install scrubbers across 23 of its 130 vessels by 2021. The rest of the fleet will operate using low sulphur compliant fuel.

“We join the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020, to help ensure the wider industry and its stakeholders have a sound scientific understanding of the operational and environmental performance of scrubbers,” said Roger Strevens, vice president, Global Sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

“The implementation of the IMO 2020 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap is supported by the company, but it does represent a significant challenge for the shipping industry, not least from an anticipated hike in fuel costs and potential availability and quality problems,” Strevens explained.

The addition of Wallenius Wilhelmsen to CSA 2020 increases the organisation’s members to 35 shipowners, operating a combined fleet of almost 2,500 vessels.

Other companies to have recently joined the Alliance include Hammonia Reederei, International Seaways, Chandris (Hellas) and Genco Shipping & Trading.

Genco Shipping & Trading has also revealed its plans to install scrubbers on 17 Capesize vessels with retrofit options for an additional 15 smaller bulk carriers. The decision follows extensive evaluation and analysis of the environmental impact of the technology.

John Wobensmith, president and CEO Genco Shipping & Trading, said: “As a shipowner that has made the decision to invest in marine exhaust gas treatment systems, we believe it is important to join like-minded shipping companies and support this influential organisation.

“CSA 2020 is committed to providing the industry with empirical and scientific data on the environmental and operational performance of EGCS operating across all ship sectors in the global fleet. This is something we at Genco very much support.”

Ian Adams, executive director, CSA 2020, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Hammonia Reederei, International Seaways, Chandris and Genco to the Alliance. With the addition of these new members to CSA 2020, we can now gather further data on which shipowners, regulators and port authorities can make more informed decisions on how best to comply with the global sulphur cap.”

Last month, CSA 2020 published findings that indicate scrubber washwater is safe for the ocean environment.