Scrubber market to reach $16.4 billion by 2030

The global marine scrubber market is estimated to achieve a market size of $16.38 billion by 2030, according to a new report issued by Acumen Research and Consulting.

Illustration; Scrubber; Image credit: Wartsila

The report, titled “Marine Scrubber Market, Share, Analysis Report and Region Forecast, 2022-2030”, says that the global marine scrubber market size accounted for $3.56 million in 2021.

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It is projected to grow at 18.8 per cent during the forecast period between 2022 and 2030.

The use of scrubbers, also known as exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCSs), is driven by the increasing stringency of regulatory standards for sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by government bodies such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Commission. Over the past few years, numerous laws have been implemented to reduce hazardous emissions from ships such as carbon dioxide, sulphur oxide, and nitrogen oxide.

As a result, there has been an increase in scrubber installations despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The report also highlights that hybrid technology is expected to lead the market throughout the forecast period. This is because hybrid technology is believed to have several advantages when compared to open loop and closed loop technologies.

By fuel type, the segmentation includes MDO, MGO, LNG, and hybrid. Based on our marine scrubber industry analysis, the MGO fuel type is likely to register rapid growth due to its ability to produce comparatively less quality sulphur emissions in the atmosphere.

Vessel type comprises commercial — bulk carriers, containers, tankers, and roll on/roll off, recreational — cruise ships, yachts, ferries, offshore — AHTS, PSV, FSV, and MPSV, and navy. In 2021, commercial vessels generate maximum marine scrubber market revenue owing to the growing international trade; however, the recreational and offshore vessels are expanding at a rapid growth during the forecasted timeframe from 2022 to 2030.

Furthermore, the application segment is split into a new build and retrofit. As per our marine scrubber market forecast, the retrofit application is expected to lead the market with the utmost shares. The high growth in the segment is credited to the immediate mandatory installation of marine scrubbers, and the requirement of less expenditure to install on existing structures as compared to new build applications.

Regional outlook

European scrubber market led with more than 30 per cent market share in 2021. As explained, the growing regulatory standards to reduce sulphur emissions, and the existence of earth’s prominent commercial shipping line is supporting the European marine scrubber market. 

In addition, the North American marine scrubber market stood for a second-largest position in the global scenario owing to the increased budget spending on military vessels, and growing focus on offshore applications.

Asia-Pacific, on the other hand, is likely to witness the fastest growth rate in the coming years due to the increasing fleet of vessels in countries like China, India, Japan, and South Korea, according to the report.

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