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"The market impacts most folks expected
from IMO 2020 have been overwhelmed
due to the changes in demand caused
by the pandemic and, on top of that, the
crude oil price war between Russia and
Saudi Arabia."
Blake Eskew, vice president, IHS Markit

(HSFO), but by year-end, after more
scrubbers are installed, that figure could
rise to 25%.
Yet for many shippers, the difference
between high- and low-sulfur fuel
price has lowered to the point where
investing in scrubbers is no longer
worth it, Ames said. "A number of
companies are now looking to break
their contract to install these stack
scrubbers, and they are using the
delays at the shipyards as grounds to
break the contract," he explained.
Christensen said he doesn't think
the business case for scrubbers is dead
and that it is a relevant compliance
solution in the short to mid-term.
"More scrubbers would give us a more
balanced compliance solution," he
said, adding that even still, he expects
to see a decline in scrubber solutions.

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Eskew said the quality of marine lubricants had to change somewhat as ship
operations transitioned from higher
sulfur to low sulfur. "It has mainly
been an issue the additive industry has
dealt with," he said.
Christensen said he has seen that
qualities are getting better. "We've seen
a general trend toward densities, and
viscosities are lower now," he said.
The only real problem Hapag-Lloyd
has experienced so far with qualities
were some elevated sediment levels,
particularly from the U.S. East Coast,
Christensen said. "Products aren't
always clean. However, those haven't
caused any operational levels," he said,
adding that earlier this year, he saw
some sulfur values being slightly off,

which could have been from tanks not
being completely clean.
Charlotte Røjgaard, global head,
VeriFuel, Bureau Veritas, said the
company initially saw some stability
issues. "You have to take into account
it was mixing in the tank on the ship,"
she said. "We did get feedback on separator issues, and we had interesting
reports that fuels had a strange smell."
Fuel analysis showed components,
such as xylene, that didn't create
operational problems, Røjgaard said.
She added that fuel parameters are
stabilizing, and testing shows the
industry is adapting to new blends,
which creates a more stable market in
terms of quality.
Because of COVID-19, sampling and
testing have been challenging, but that
is balancing out now. For example, it


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