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Thursday, December 6, 2018 

Tanker owner DHT Holdings has informed its shareholders that the decision to fit scrubbers to 18 ships in its fleet of 27 VLCCs is based purely on economics rather than any particular position in the great scrubber debate.

"As we have stated, we are neither for nor against scrubbers, but deem it our responsibility to position DHT as best as we can ahead of the implementation of the new regulations.  We believe scrubbers to be an economical way to comply with the new regulations and want with this communication to share some important details in our scrubber programme,” said the company in a press statement.

Fifteen of the scrubbers that the company will install will be able to clean the sulphur content in the exhaust gas down to 0.1%, enabling these ships to operate with scrubbers within emission control areas (ECA) and ports, where permitted. 

The tanker owner will also configure the fuel tank lay-out on the vessels to allow the carriage of various grades of fuels, facilitating the flexibility to consume compliant fuels with 0.5% or less sulphur content when in emission control areas and in ports that does not permit scrubbers. 

“We have elected this configuration in anticipation of countries implementing stricter rules related to use of scrubbers when ships operate in their respective near seas and ports,” the company said.


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