BRS Group is tipping scrubber-fitted VLCCs to continue to earn a premium over their scrubber-less counterparts.

The French shipbroker said on Monday that the spread between very low sulphur fuel oil and high sulphur fuel oil will remain substantial, helping to bolster the VLCCs equipped with the exhaust gas cleaning systems as they navigate a challenging market.

“This projection is based on expectations that Russian diesel exports will be curbed by the 5 February [European Union] embargo on Russian refined product exports,” BRS Group said.