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NAT STILL SAYS “SCRUBBERS ARE NOT A SOLUTION”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 

Nordic American Tankers has reiterated its view on the new sulphur-in-fuel requirements. The company says it is steadfast on its decision that scrubbers are not a solution, based upon a conservative financial policy.

"NAT does not take on risk it does not have to," said a statement issued on 20 March. The statement continues; "An increased number of ports now prohibit or impose strict requirements on the use of scrubbers, which purify emissions from large ships. The scrubber cleans the exhaust from vessels for sulphur and emits impure water into the sea, and that is what the ports now will put an end to.  Therefore, we still do not see that this new requirement is an issue for NAT."

The company referred to a Reuters report dated 19 March which suggested that Norwegian authorities may ban the use of scrubbers; indeed, according to NAT, the report indicated that a worldwide ban may come into effect.

In a previous statement as far back as October 2017, NAT had stated that its then 33-strong fleet of Suezmax tankers would be fully compliant to run on 0.10% sulphur content or less. 

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