Order for largest multi-stream scrubber
A prototype Krystallon scrubber has been successfully trialled on an auxiliary engine of ferry ‘Pride of Kent’
Wärtsillä Hamworthy has announced an agreement with ro-ro cargo operator Wilh Wilhelmsen to retrofit the vessel ‘Tamesis’ with a Krystallon exhaust gas cleaning system on its main and auxiliary engines.
The multi-stream scrubber system, which will remove SOx and PM, will be the largest yet ordered to manage the exhaust gasses produced by the 38,486dwt Mark IV ro-ro vessel's combined engine power of 28,000kW. The company says that the installation will prepare the Tamesis for the upcoming regulation that comes into force from January 2015, which mandates that vessels must burn fuel with a sulphur content of 0.1% when operating within emissions control areas (ECAs).
The installation will be carried out during the vessel's scheduled intermediate docking in the first quarter of 2013. Following the commissioning a comprehensive third party measurement and verification programme will be carried out over two and a half years, and is partly funded by the Research Council of Norway.
“This is yet another example of the growing market demand for scrubbing systems.” said Sigurd Jenssen, managing director, Hamworthy Krystallon “The third party measurement and verification of the project, which will be carried out by Marintek, the Norwegian marine technology research institute, is a key element which will further endorse the viability of scrubbing as an efficient and cost effective solution for ECA compliance. We anticipate that more owners and operators will follow industry leaders like Wilh Wilhelmsen in the adoption of scrubbers in advance of the 2015 deadline.”
By using a scrubber to reduce sulphur and particulate matter emissions from its main engine as well as its auxiliaries, Tamesis will be able to operate in ECAs from 2015 on a 'business as usual' basis avoiding the $300 to $400 price premium that standard vessels are expected to have to pay for the distillate fuels they will need to burn to remain compliant.
“Installing Hamworthy Krystallon scrubber unit is a major step in preparing our fleet for the regulatory compliance,” says Wilh Wilhelmsen project manager, Thamba Rajeevan. “When new, stricter emissions regulations come into force in 2015, our experience with this technology will be a valuable tool for taking the right decisions for the rest of our fleet. In the end, we want to see both a significant savings in emissions and a strong return on investment for the scrubber installation.”
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