The marine industry revolution and the opportunities for the market

In 2008 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted some amendments to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (the so-called Annex VI MARPOL revised). The document contains rules for the prevention of air pollution produced by ships. In the following years the IMO has repeatedly updated the legislation, up to the latest modification made last year, which set January 1, 2020 as the dateadline starting from which all ships will have to comply with the new regulations to protect the environment, reducing SOx and NOx emissions in the atmosphere.

There are essentially two options for shipowners to reduce pollution. They will be able to choose to either supply their ships with low-sulfur fuel as required by the new regulations for SOx emissions, or to replace old scrubbers, which are exhaust gas cleaning systems, with new models that can limit the pollution produced. .

For many navigation companies, scrubber technology is the most convenient choice to meet current and future regulations.

But what is the impact of this decision on the steel industry? The repercussion on our market is certainly important. In fact, the new generation scrubbers will be produced with materials that can guarantee the highest resistance to corrosion: Duplex steel, Superduplex and SMO 1.4547.

That’s why CPC Inox, which is always attentive to the evolution and developments of the market, has stocked these materials in its warehouses. We ensure the supply of the raw material necessary to produce the new scrubbers, as well as tubes, strips and sheets to  the interested industrial realities.