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Friday, July 5, 2019 

A statement issued by Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has reiterated the company's view on the IMO 2020 sulphur requirements, remaining steadfast on its decision that scrubbers are not a solution for NAT, based upon its conservative financial policy.

NAT says it does not take on risk it does not have to. The company says that an increasing number of ports now prohibit or impose strict requirements on the use of scrubbers. The company says that as the scrubber cleans the exhaust from Sulphur it emits impure water into the sea, and that is what the ports now will put an end to. NAT quotes a Reuters report of 4 July, which implies that the Norwegian authorities may ban the use of scrubbers. It is indicated in the Reuters message that a worldwide ban may come into effect.

Back in 2017 NAT said that its 33 (which NAT had at the time) Suezmax tankers were fully capable of running on 0.10% or lower sulphur content fuels. With the possible ban being considered in Norway, and with a number of ports around the world already prohibiting the use of scrubbers, NAT sees no reason to change its stance.

Also in Norway, a ban on the use of scrubbers that emit unclean water into the fjords is reportedly being considered. So NAT feels confident that its view is the right avenue forward.

Whether a worldwide ban may become relevant, remains to be seen.

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