In the Loop – Scrubber Law for Bunker Providers
Supplying HSFO to scrubber-equipped vessels is not necessarily an ‘easy sell’. Steve Simms of Simms Showers takes a close look at the small print about scrubber use in maritime regulations and contracts.
With more vessels using scrubbers and even more expected to use them, there already is increased regulatory and compliance focus on scrubber-equipped vessels. Increased scrubber use also raises issues for bunker suppliers and traders. Selling bunkers to scrubber-equipped vessels will bring bunker suppliers and traders under greater compliance focus. It will also raise issues between bunker suppliers and traders, and scrubber-equipped vessel owners and charterers.
As the maritime economy has its expected recovery from the 2020 COVID-19 downturn, increased demand for high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) to achieve scrubbers’ economies, and the growing number of scrubber-equipped vessels, may bring more disputes. Focusing on the standpoint of bunker traders and suppliers, this article addresses possible dispute areas and how traders and suppliers may identify and prepare for them.
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