Marine Scrubber System Market Size & Share, by Technology (Wet Technology, Dry Technology); Fuel (Hybrid Fuel, Marine Diesel Oil (MDO), Intermediate Fuel (IFO), Residual), Type (Commercial, Offshore, Recreational, Navy); Application (New-build, Retrofit) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 5585
  • Published Date: Jan 29, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Marine Scrubber System Market size is expected to reach USD 18 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 10% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of marine scrubber system was over USD 6 Billion.

The marine scrubber systems market statistics will be enhanced by the growth of sophisticated maritime systems that adhere to more stringent rules and regulations. The government is concentrating on lowering ship emissions as a result of a notable increase in maritime transportation. For instance, new legislative recommendations to cut net emissions by 55% by 2030 were agreed by the European Commission in July 2021. By extending the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to maritime traffic, this project is anticipated to cap emissions below the ETS level overall.

Also, marine scrubber systems offer a cost-effective solution for ship operators compared to alternative methods like switching to low-sulfur fuels. The initial investment in scrubber technology can be offset by the long-term savings on fuel costs, making it an attractive option for the shipping industry.

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Marine Scrubber System Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 10%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 6 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 18 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Marine Scrubber System Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Fuel Price Volatility- Fluctuations in fuel prices make low-sulfur fuels more expensive at times. Marine scrubber systems provide flexibility by allowing vessels to use higher-sulfur fuels, offering a hedge against unpredictable fuel cost variations contributing to operational cost stability, and promoting sustainable marine fuel. For instance, in November 2017, the NYK Group developed a fuel additive called Wax Breaker to combat coagulation. To ensure safe operations, it promotes the improvement of oil fluidity at temperatures below 40 C. To prevent coagulation at lower temperatures, it is inserted in MGO and MDO. It's helping to promote the safety of shipping, thus propelling the market’s growth.
  • Global Trade Growth- The increasing demand for maritime transportation due to the growth in global trade enhances the need for fuel-efficient solutions. Marine scrubber systems enable vessels to comply with emissions standards while maintaining operational efficiency, aligning with the rising demand for shipping services.
  • Technological Advancements – Ongoing advancements in marine scrubber technology are leading to more efficient and reliable systems. Continuous improvements in design and materials contribute to enhanced performance, durability, and ease of maintenance, encouraging the adoption of scrubber systems in the maritime sector.
  • Long-term environmental sustainability- Beyond regulatory compliance, the maritime industry is increasingly recognizing the long-term environmental benefits of adopting cleaner technologies. Marine scrubber systems contribute to reducing air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and overall environmental impact, aligning with broader sustainability goals.


  • Initial Investment Costs- One major challenge for the marine scrubber system market is the high upfront cost associated with purchasing and installing these systems. Shipowners may find it financially burdensome to make the initial investment, particularly for older vessels, despite potential long-term savings on fuel.
  • The complexity of managing marine scrubber systems can pose a challenge for ship crews, potentially leading to operational inefficiencies, increased downtime, and higher maintenance.
  • Shifts in fuel prices and availability may impact the economic viability of using scrubbers, affecting the return on investment for ship operators.

Marine Scrubber System Segmentation

Technology (Wet Technology, Dry Technology)

Wet technology segment in the marine scrubber system market is estimated to hold the largest revenue share, accounting for 58%, owing to the growing adoption of sustainable scrubbing technologies. The preference for environmentally friendly wet scrubbing systems is also explained by its positive attributes, which include ease of design, flexibility in operation, and adaptability to different water alkalinity levels.  Wet marine scrubber systems are quite effective; the open loop type treats exhaust and removes Sox using naturally occurring seawater that is available during the maritime voyage. They are preferred for use, especially for large ocean-going vessels that operate far from coastal areas, due to these utilization features.

Fuel (Hybrid Fuel, Marine Diesel Oil (MDO), Intermediate Fuel (IFO), Residual)

Marine scrubber system market from the hybrid fuel segment is poised to garner the majority of the revenue share over the forecast period. Surging advancements in energy storage technology will drive the segment’s growth. For instance, in September 2022, Freudenberg e-power systems received type-approval from the Italian classification society RINA for the world’s first fuel cell system powered by methanol. This system utilizes fuel reforming technology combined with long-life PEM (proton exchange membrane) fuel-cell units that make up a scalable, modular system. Such developments, alongside the use of technology in mitigating local emissions in populated regions and maneuvering port operations in deep vessels, may proliferate the Industry growth from the hybrid fuel segment.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:


  • Wet Technology
  • Dry Technology


  • Hybrid Fuel
  •  Marine Diesel Oil (MDO)
  •  Intermediate Fuel (IFO)
  •  Residual


  • Commercial
  •  Offshore
  • Recreational
  •  Navy


  • New-build
  • Retrofit

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Marine Scrubber System Industry - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

Asia Pacific marine scrubber system market is expected to hold the largest market share, amounting to 45% of the global market. The region is witnessing robust growth propelled by the region’s bustling maritime activities and the imperative to comply with stringent emissions regulations. For instance, Asia accounted for 42% of exports and 64% of imports in 2021, making it the top maritime freight handling hub in the globe. The major East-West routes, which connect Asia, Europe, and the United States, accounted for around 40% of all containerized traffic in 2021. 12.9% of all East-West travel was via non-mainland routes like the Mediterranean-South Asia. Governments, aligned with international standards like the IMO 2020 sulfur cap, are steering the maritime industry toward cleaner practices. The market is buoyed by the cost-effectiveness of scrubber systems in mitigating sulfur emissions, offering a strategic advantage amid fluctuating fuel prices. Asia Pacific’s vast shipping fleet and growing seaborne trade contribute to the increasing adoption of these technologies. Technological advancements and a burgeoning awareness of environmental sustainability further shape the market. The Asia Pacific market reflects a dynamic interplay of economic, regulatory, and environmental factors in the pursuit of cleaner and more compliant maritime operations.

European Market Statistics

European marine scrubber system market is anticipated to hold a significant market share over the forecast period. The market is thriving amidst a maritime landscape marked by strict emission regulations and a commitment to sustainable shipping practices. European Union directives and the IMO’s sulfur emission caps are propelling the adoption of scrubber technologies across the region. The market is driven by a collective push towards environmental responsibility, aligning with the EU’s Green Deal and climate objectives. European shipowners, cognizant of the long-term economic benefits and compliance advantages, are increasingly investing in scrubber systems. The European market exemplifies a harmonized effort to balance economic efficiency with stringent emission standards in the pursuit of a greener maritime industry.

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Companies Dominating the Marine Scrubber System Landscape

    • Yara International ASA
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      • Regional Presence
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    • Alfa Laval 
    • Clean Marine
    • Kwansung Co Ltd
    • Damen Shipyards Group 
    • CR Ocean Engineering LLC
    • Ecospray Technologies S.r.l.
    • VDL AEC Maritime B.V.
    • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
    • LiqTech Holding A/S
    • Langh Tech Oy Ab
    • Valmet


In The News

  • To supply a low-maintenance wash water filtration system suitable for use with closed loop and hybrid scrubber applications, CR OCEAN ENGINEERING LLC has agreed with Oberlin Filter Company USA.
  • Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) Group, has acknowledged that its marine SOx scrubbers, the DIA-SOx R series, comply with the new SOx emissions requirements. Following confirmation of the excellent outcome of sea trials, the classification societies Lloyd's Register and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai approved the first two scrubber retrofitted units onboard ultra-large container ships. As a result, the Flag States of Panama and Singapore also approved the units.

Author Credits:  Payel Roy, Dhruv Bhatia

  • Report ID: 5585
  • Published Date: Jan 29, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing global trade, stringent regulations by governments on marine transportation, and demand for long-term environmental sustainability are some of the major growth drivers for the marine scrubber system.

The market size of the marine scrubber system is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 10% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Alfa Laval, Clean Marine, Kwansung Co Ltd, Damen Shipyards Group, CR Ocean Engineering LLC, Ecospray Technologies S.r.l., VDL AEC Maritime B.V., DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Langh Tech Oy Ab, Valmet and others.

The Wet Technology segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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