Marine Scrubber Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2032

Marine Scrubber Market Research Report Information By Technology (Wet Scrubber Systems {Closed-loop, Open-loop, Hybrid And Others}, Dry Scrubber Systems), By Fuel (MGO, MDO, Hybrid), By Application (Commercial {Container Vessels, Tankers, Bulk Carriers, RO-RO}, Offshore {AHTS, PSV, FSV, MPSV}, Recreational {Cruise ships, Ferries, Yachts}, Navy) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) –Market Forecast Till 2032

ID: MRFR/E&P/8599-HCR | 111 Pages | Author: Chitranshi Jaiswal | March 2024         

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Global Marine Scrubber Market Overview:


Marine Scrubber Market Size was valued at USD 15.5 Billion in 2022. The marine scrubber market industry is projected to grow from USD 16.2 Billion in 2023 to USD 23.4 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.70% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). Rising emphasis on marine worker safety and increased demand for bulk and oil/chemical vessels are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.


Marine Scrubber Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Marine Scrubber Market Trends




  • Rising demand for marine vessels drives market growth.




Market CAGR for marine scrubber is being driven by the increasing demand for marine vessels. Increasing freight shipments need the use of more vessels and sailors, raising operating costs and fueling the use of automated technology in commercial vessels. These solutions lower operational costs and increase cargo space, which is projected to drive growth in the coming years. Large-scale enterprises increasing their investments in marine vessel development will create several prospects for growth in the next years. The rising emphasis on the manufacturing of modern marine boats would provide market participants with huge prospects. Increased commercial activity has also benefited the market in recent years. The demand for waterborne cargo transportation is growing.


According to UNCTAD figures, roughly 1.68 billion tonnes of goods are transported annually in approximately 177.6 million containers travelling a total distance of 998 billion tons-miles. Commercial vessel advancements, as well as large players' innovation in cargo ships furnished with cutting-edge technology such as enhanced sensors, navigation systems, and other components, generate a growth potential for commercial vessels.


One of the key elements driving the need for marine scrubbers is rising environmental concern. Many coastal communities across the world suffer from poor air quality as a result of maritime transportation. Ship exhaust gases, notably sulphur oxide emissions from fuel oil burning, contribute significantly to air pollution. Reduced sulphur oxide emissions can help to prevent acid rain and ocean acidification. For propulsion, ships have traditionally utilised fuel oils with sulphur concentrations of up to 3.50%. This level of sulphur oxide emission is harmful to people's health and the environment, hence demand for marine scrubbers is increasing across the maritime sector.


Marine Scrubber Market Segment Insights:


Marine Scrubber Technology Insights


The marine scrubber market segmentation, based on type includes wet scrubber systems {closed-loop, open-loop, hybrid and others}, dry scrubber systems. The wet scrubber systems sub-segment dominated the market with the largest market share since it is the most common and recognised as the most efficient. The scouring liquid used in a wet scrubber might be freshwater or seawater with chemical additives. The most common additives (CaCO3) are caustic soda (NaOH) and limestone. Wet scrubbers are further classed as closed-loop, open-loop, or hybrid. Ships can employ closed-loop systems to collect accumulated sludge on board for eventual disposal at a suitable in-port facility in ports and places where open-loop scrubbing is prohibited. Hybrid scrubber systems, on the other hand, can operate in either closed-loop or open-loop modes, giving them additional flexibility.


Marine Scrubber Fuel Insights


The marine scrubber market segmentation, based on fuel, includes MGO, MDO, and hybrid. MDO sub-segment dominated the marine scrubber market in 2022. Marine fuels made up of different distillates (sometimes referred to as marine gasoil) and heavy fuel oil mixtures are referred to as marine diesel oil (MDO). Marine diesel oil is not a pure distillate like diesel used in cars and trucks on land. Refining procedures or the mixing of pre-made marine fuels can directly alter the various blending ratios of marine diesel oil. The density of marine diesel is higher than that of diesel fuel. Unlike heavy fuel oil (HFO), marine diesel oil does not require heating during storage.


Figure1: Marine Scrubber Market, by Distribution channel, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)


Marine Scrubber Market, by Distribution channel


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Marine Scrubber Application Insights


The marine scrubber market segmentation, based on application, includes commercial {container vessels, tankers, bulk carriers, RO-RO}, offshore {AHTS, PSV, FSV, MPSV}, recreational {cruise ships, ferries, yachts}, navy.  In 2022, the commercial sub-segment will account for a large market share. The growing requirement to fulfil greater logistics demand, particularly from the commercial sector, is likely to improve business conditions. Furthermore, rising cross-border traffic, expanding oil and gas sector, and rising international trade are some of the factors driving commercial marine scrubber market demand.


Marine Scrubber Regional Insights


By region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Rest of the World. The North American marine scrubber market area will dominate this market; the expanding trend of online shopping and the creation of an effective e-commerce industry are driving growth in the region's import and export activity. Because cargo ships are less expensive than road and air transportation, they are used mostly for import and export. To reduce emissions, the scrubber system is in high demand in the pharmaceutical and maritime industries.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The US, Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 2: Marine Scrubber Market Share By Region 2022 (Usd Billion)


Marine Scrubber Market Share By Region


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe marine scrubber market accounts for the second-largest market share because various organizations are driving the exhaust gas cleaning or marine scrubber market by following the framework or the strict norms made by the International Maritime Organization.. Further, the German marine scrubber marketheld the largest market share, and the UK marine scrubber market was the fastest growing market in the European region


The Asia-Pacific Marine Scrubber Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This is because of the high fleet size of ships and marine vessels, as well as the increasing order of ships, there is anticipated to be a long-term need for marine scrubber systems over the projection period. Moreover, China’s marine scrubber market held the largest market share, and the Indian marine scrubber market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


Marine Scrubber Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in R&D to expand their product lines, which will help the marine scrubber market, grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, marine scrubber industry must offer cost-effective items.


Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the marine scrubber industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the marine scrubber industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the marine scrubber market, including CR Ocean Engineering (US), Damen Shipyards Group N. V. (Netherlands), VDLAEC Maritime B.V. (Netherlands), Langh Tech Oy Ab (Finland), Ecospray Technologies S.r.l (Italy) and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in R&D operations.


Alfa Laval AB is a Swedish corporation founded in 1883 by Gustaf de Laval and Oscar Lamm. The company, which began by offering centrifugal separation solutions for dairy (see Separator (milk)), today produces specialised equipment and solutions for heavy industry. The goods are used to heat, cool, segregate, and convey oil, water, chemicals, drinks, foodstuffs, starch, and medications. In June 2020, Alfa Laval introduced PureSOx Express, a new version of its existing PureSOx scrubber designed for installation on handymax bulkers or product tankers. PureSOx Express is an open-loop PureSOx scrubber system designed to meet current requirements, provided as a fully enclosed module, and tailored for a simple, cost-effective fit on smaller vessels.


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational firm headquartered in Tokyo that manufactures engineering, electrical equipment, and electronics. MHI is one of the Mitsubishi Group's key firms, and its vehicle sector is the forerunner to Mitsubishi Motors. Aerospace and automotive components, air conditioners, hydraulic equipment, printing machines, elevators, forklift trucks, missiles, tanks, power systems, ships, aeroplanes, railway systems, and space launch vehicles are all manufactured by MHI. It is the world's 23rd-biggest defence contractor, assessed by defence revenues in 2011, and the largest located in Japan, through its defense-related activities. In May 2020, Valmet agreed to deliver hybrid scrubber systems to Shimonoseki Shipyard under a deal with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Each ship is outfitted with a Valmet marine automation system as well as two Valmet marine scrubber towers.


Key Companies in the marine scrubber market include



  • Kwangsung Co. Ltd. (Mexico)

  • Alfa Laval (Sweden)

  • Hamon Research-Cotfrell Inc. (Belgium)

  • C Ocean Engineering (US)

  • Damen Shipyards Group N.V. (Netherlands)

  • VDL AEC Maritime B.V. (Netherlands)

  • Langh Tech Oy Ab (Finland)

  • Ecospray Technologies S.r.l. (Italy)

  • DuPont (US)

  • Yara International ASA (Norway)

  • Clean Marine AS (Norway)

  • Shanghai Bluesoul Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. (China)

  • Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (Japan)

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan)

  • Wartsila (Finland).


Marine Scrubber Industry Developments


In August 2019, LiqTech International has received a $8.4 million marine scrubber order from one of the world's most prestigious and largest corporations. LiqTech's position as a leading supplier of ceramic silicon carbide water filtration systems for marine scrubbers will be strengthened by the deal.


In July 2019, Echo recently introduced the MS-SOx exhaust scrubber system, which requires no dry docking for retrofitting.


In April 2020, Alfa Laval was awarded a contract by a large Chinese corporation for the PureSOx scrubber system for exhaust treatment on 31 vessels in its fleet. In addition, the company inked a long-term service agreement with Alfa Laval to protect and optimise scrubber functioning.


Marine Scrubber Market Segmentation:


Marine Scrubber Market By Technology Outlook



  • Wet Scrubber Systems

    • Closed-loop

    • Open-loop

    • Hybrid

    • Others



  • Dry Scrubber Systems


Marine Scrubber Market By Fuel Outlook



  • MGO

  • MDO

  • Hybrid


Marine Scrubber Market By Application Outlook



  • Commercial

    • Container Vessels

    • Tankers

    • Bulk Carriers

    • RO-RO



  • Offshore

    • AHTS

    • PSV

    • FSV

    • MPSV



  • Recreational

    • Cruise ships

    • Ferries

    • Yachts



  • Navy


Marine Scrubber Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America



Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size2022 USD 15.5 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 16.2 Billion
Market Size2032 USD 23.4 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 4.70% (2023-2032)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Technology, Fuel, Application, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The US, Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled  Kwangsung Co., Ltd. (Mexico), Alfa Laval (Sweden), Hamon Research-Cottrell, Inc. (Belgium), CR Ocean Engineering (US), Damen Shipyards Group N. V. (Netherlands), VDLAEC Maritime B.V. (Netherlands), Langh Tech Oy Ab (Finland), Ecospray Technologies S.r.l (Italy). DuPont (US), Yara International ASA (Norway).
Key Market Opportunities Growing desire for environmentally friendly ways to reduce SOx emissions.
Key Market Dynamics Growing popularity of hybrid technologies due to their benefits.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The marine scrubber market size was valued at USD 15.5 Billion in 2022.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.70% during the forecast period, 2023-2032.

North America had the largest share of the market

The key players in the market are CR Ocean Engineering (US), Damen Shipyards Group N. V. (Netherlands), VDLAEC Maritime B.V. (Netherlands), Langh Tech Oy Ab (Finland), Ecospray Technologies S.r.l (Italy).

The MDO fuel category dominated the market in 2022.

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