Lengthy delays to scrubber installations in China have sparked the first round of IMO 2020-related contractual disputes.

The North P&I’s freight, demurrage and defence (FD&D) team, which helps owners to solve contractual wrangles, has already started to receive enquiries linked to commercial loss from installation delays.

Tiejha Smyth, FD&D deputy director at North P&I, says the indications are that the delays are worse than first reported and are starting to cost owners money.

Serious delays

“The Chinese yards have booked ships in time for IMO 2020 but presumably they’ve overestimated what they can achieve," she said.