TORM invests in scrubber technology

Nov 09 2018

TORM has established a joint venture with scrubber manufacturer ME Production and Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), which is part of the China State Shipbuilding Corp group (CSSC).

The joint venture - ME Production China - will manufacture and install scrubbers in China and deliver them to a range of maritime industry customers for both newbuildings and retrofits. TORM holds a 27.5% stake in the new venture.

“Our long-standing relationships with GSI and ME Production helped to facilitate this unique joint venture at a time when demand for scrubbers is expected to increase significantly. This strategic move provides us with a substantial economic interest in a venture that has the potential to be a large-scale international scrubber manufacturer. It will also result in TORM obtaining attractive prices for the scrubber investments that already have a short payback time,” said TORM executive director, Jacob Meldgaard.

TORM has ordered 16 scrubbers with ME Production China and signed a letter of intent for additional 18. With these new orders, TORM has committed to install scrubbers on 21 vessels and potentially up to 39 vessels or roughly half of TORM’s fleet.

The capex related to the confirmed scrubber orders is on average estimated below $2 mill per scrubber, including installation costs. TORM said that it expected to be able to obtain financing for a significant portion of this investment.

“We are very pleased to enter into a joint venture that will leverage the synergies of a leading scrubber manufacturer, one of the world’s largest shipyards and TORM, one of the world’s largest product tanker companies. In addition to the economic potential of the joint venture, it allows us to secure availability of high-quality scrubbers, which could pose a challenge to some owners as we approach the 2020 deadline for sulfur compliance set by IMO,” said TORM’s technical division head, Jesper Jensen.

Based on the current market expectations for the future price spread between high and low sulfur fuel, TORM expected the installation of scrubbers to be an environmentally and commercially positive business case with a short payback time, the company said.


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